Originally Posted by rhymon78
Hey Byron, when you add liquid ferts. like flourish comp. say, do you just pour the measure directly into the top of the tank? or should it be mixed with some tank water and then poured back in? just wondering how it gets all around the tank to all the plants, I am guessing it just gets sucked into the filter and then ejected again etc?
For Prime it suggest "May be added to aquarium directly, but better if added to new water first. If adding directly to aquarium, base dose on aquarium volume. "
For Flourish you just put it right in. "Use 1 capful (5 mL) for each 250 L (60 gallons*) once or twice a week. For smaller doses, please note that each cap thread is approximately 1 mL. Refrigeration after opening is recommended but not required."
The liquid furtz mainly will be in the water which is great for floating and stem plants. Root tabs will diffuse in the substrate allowing better access to minerals for rooting plants. The liquid fertilizer will go everywhere covering the bases for root tabs as Byron states. Those plants that do have roots take in minerals both from the water and their roots.
If you have a tank established longer than a year than it usually has enough decomposed matter at the bottom which will really help the plants. (assuming no heavy cleaning of the substrate is being done). Therefore root tabs really aren't essential, especially in mature tanks.
I dose 2x a week because with the filter pads, the plants and the time I feel like the chemicals get used up quite fast.
Note: Prime makes Flourish useless, so make sure to use it 24 hours after you dose a tank with Prime.
Hope this helps.