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post #1 of 10 Old 08-18-2013, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
Recommended Dosing Products for PLANTED Tank

Hello Everyone,

As some of you know I am an experienced aquarist in Saltwater and Freshwater. I just started my first Planted tank however, and could use some suggestions as to what products to dose and how often. Let me know what you use.

As for the tank, here are the specs:
> 27 Gallon Cube Tank
> 2 X Dual 18W T5HO totaling 72W
> 45lbs Seachem Flourite Dark
> 5lbs Pressurized CO2 system with regulator and Drop Checker
> Eheim Ecco Comfort Canister 2232 X 2

LiveStock:
> 13 Red Wag Platys
> 3 Black Skirt Tetra
> 4 Cory Cats

Plants:
> Micro Sword
> Anubias Nana
> Chainsword Narrow Leaf
> Java Fern
> Cryptocoryne Wendtii
> Water Sprite
> Ludwigia Broad Leaf
> Anacharis X 2
> Cabomba X 2
> Amazon Sword
> Dwarf Hair Grass

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-18-2013, 06:56 PM
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In a tank like that I would dose dry fertilizers such as KN03, KH2P04, and Trace fertilizers such as Plantex CSM+B. Heres a calculator to help figure out how much.

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If you have soft water you can add in a GH booster also into the regime. If iron is needed you can use Fe/Iron Chelate 10%.

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post #4 of 10 Old 08-22-2013, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
Thanks for the calculator! So I have been looking at EI Dosing, which is what you describe right? Where is the best place to purchase the dry fertilizers at? Also, when should I start dosing a newly planted tanks (2 days old)? Don't worry, the tank wont cycle, I'm using old aquarium water and and filters.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-22-2013, 04:04 PM
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I don't dose but I have yeard that ferris gluconate from local drug stores can dose iron. dissolve a pill in a 12-20oz soda bottle and dose a capful per week.

I just dont use co2 and let the fish dose the plants.

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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-23-2013, 02:00 PM
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Thanks for the calculator! So I have been looking at EI Dosing, which is what you describe right? Where is the best place to purchase the dry fertilizers at? Also, when should I start dosing a newly planted tanks (2 days old)? Don't worry, the tank wont cycle, I'm using old aquarium water and and filters.
Yes its EI Dosing. Here is a good place to get dry fertilizers Planted Aquarium Fertilizer - , , , , Planted Aquarium Fertilizer - , ,

20~40gal tank
50% H20 change-weekly
1/4 Tsp-KN03 3x a week
1/16 Tsp-KH2P04 3x aweek
1/2 Tsp-GH booster once a week (if you have soft water)
5ml or 1/16Tsp-Trace 3x a week (Plantex CSM+B)

That is just a general dosing regime for those size tanks but it gives ya idea on when to dose.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-23-2013, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
Cool, thanks. I can't remember my water harness, but I'll use my tds meter from my saltwater setup to check.
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Your Welcome!! Remember you may have to fool around with the dosing amounts and how much Co2 to use plus lights come into to get the best plant growth without algae. I am no help here with that as I have never done it. Have only read about it.

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-29-2013, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
My order comes in today. How do I start out dosing. Do I use everything the first day, or do I start following the EI dosing schedule of one product a day?
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