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post #1 of 5 Old 09-01-2009, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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hello guys i new, i'v just bought the hagen nutrafin natural co2 system and just wondering can i use my interpet flora boost liquid plant food together with this? thanks in advance, adam1000.

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hello guys i new, i'v just bought the hagen nutrafin natural co2 system and just wondering can i use my interpet flora boost liquid plant food together with this? thanks in advance, adam1000.
I'll assume this is for an aquarium, so I would not use Interpet flora boost as it is specifically intended for an outdoor pond. I couldn't see any list of ingredients on the one site I checked (not being familiar with this product) but pond plants and aquarium plants require some different things from each other.

For indoor aquarium plants there are a few good lines of products. I have great success with Seachem's Flourish series. I only use the Flourish Comprehensive Plant Supplement since it provides all the necessary macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients that plants require, and in the correct balance. With a CO2 system you will definitely need a good fertilizer, and Flourish Comprehensive is one of the best.

Because plants need so many different nutrients, and these must be in balance, it is very difficult to try dosing individual nutrients like iron, potassium, manganese, zinc, etc. The Comprehensive supplement solves that problem. The amount you need will depend upon the type of plants and how the plants respond to your light and CO2. All of this must also be balanced, or algae will take over in no time (at best) or the plants will not thrive (at worst).

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I'll assume this is for an aquarium, so I would not use Interpet flora boost as it is specifically intended for an outdoor pond. I couldn't see any list of ingredients on the one site I checked (not being familiar with this product) but pond plants and aquarium plants require some different things from each other.

For indoor aquarium plants there are a few good lines of products. I have great success with Seachem's Flourish series. I only use the Flourish Comprehensive Plant Supplement since it provides all the necessary macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients that plants require, and in the correct balance. With a CO2 system you will definitely need a good fertilizer, and Flourish Comprehensive is one of the best.

Because plants need so many different nutrients, and these must be in balance, it is very difficult to try dosing individual nutrients like iron, potassium, manganese, zinc, etc. The Comprehensive supplement solves that problem. The amount you need will depend upon the type of plants and how the plants respond to your light and CO2. All of this must also be balanced, or algae will take over in no time (at best) or the plants will not thrive (at worst).

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hello thanks, the floora boost i have is for aquarium use,i think they do a simular 1 for ponds over here in the uk, so do you think i should not have any problems? thanks again, adam1000
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hello thanks, the floora boost i have is for aquarium use,i think they do a simular 1 for ponds over here in the uk, so do you think i should not have any problems? thanks again, adam1000
Hi Adam,

I did more searching and this seems to be a plant fertilizer. I can't track down specific info as to what is in it, but as long as it is just plant fertilizer it is fine. Not all plant fertilizers are equal, and I don't like saying one is when I haven't used it and can't find out specifics. But if it is working for you now and you intend adding CO2 I can't see a problem. You'll probably have to increase the fertilizer with the additional CO2 as the plants need all the nutrients along with light in balance.

By the way, welcome to the forum.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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Hi Adam,

I did more searching and this seems to be a plant fertilizer. I can't track down specific info as to what is in it, but as long as it is just plant fertilizer it is fine. Not all plant fertilizers are equal, and I don't like saying one is when I haven't used it and can't find out specifics. But if it is working for you now and you intend adding CO2 I can't see a problem. You'll probably have to increase the fertilizer with the additional CO2 as the plants need all the nutrients along with light in balance.

By the way, welcome to the forum.

Byron.
thanks alot you have been really helpfull and thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, this is a great forum thanks again, adam1000
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