Fertilizer in a 0 Nitrate tank? - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 9Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 11-30-2013, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
Fertilizer in a 0 Nitrate tank?

I've been reading so much my eyes are burning...lol. I've recenty (6 weeks ago) added plants to my low light 50 gal tank (set up for 6 years) and am pleased to be maintaining a 0 nitrate reading for the last 3 weeks. I have low light plants such as anubias, java fern and vals. What I am not sure of is what type (if any) of fertilizer I should add. So far the plants are doing well. No browning, yellowing or melting. I have added fertilizer tabs in the substrate...should I also be adding liquid...and which type?

Readings are PH 7.5 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 0
Fish: 5 young Boesemani Rainbows
10 serpae tetras

Thanks for the help!
DeboraBremner is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old 11-30-2013, 01:32 PM
java fern and anubias like to be attacted to rocks or driftwood you can also plant anubias in the substrate. aall the plants you have listed take in nutrients from the water column. they do not need root tabs. i use a liq fert by seachem. flourish. here is a link http://www.amazon.com/Seachem-116051309-Flourish-500ml/dp/B00025696M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385836189&sr=8-1&keywords=seachem+flourish this large bottle will last you a very long time. dose once or twice a week depending on how heavily planted your tank is.
rexpepper651 is offline  
post #3 of 15 Old 11-30-2013, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
oops...I also have some crypts...which is why I put the tabs in. I think my biggest concern was if I should be using a fertilizer with nitrogen as well... the reading I've done has left me somewhat confused about that.
rexpepper651 likes this.
DeboraBremner is offline  
post #4 of 15 Old 11-30-2013, 01:49 PM
ohh yeah crypts loooveeee root tabs and flourish in soil. they are heavy root feeders. yes it will raise nitrate levels but reg weekly water changes will keep them under control.
rsskylight04 likes this.
rexpepper651 is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 11-30-2013, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
Thank you!! Flourish it is!!!!
rexpepper651 likes this.
DeboraBremner is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 11-30-2013, 01:57 PM
youre welcome! some pics would be greatly appreciated :)
rexpepper651 is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 11-30-2013, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
That is my plan...but everytime I go to take a pic....I want the plants bigger...guess the whole idea of pics is to show progress.....silly me. Will do soon!!
rexpepper651 likes this.
DeboraBremner is offline  
post #8 of 15 Old 11-30-2013, 02:18 PM
no worries about the size of the plants we just love pictures. heres some pictures of my vals an cypts for ya! lol


Mikaila31 likes this.
rexpepper651 is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 11-30-2013, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
Great vals....mine are tiny still....ok....tomorrow night is pic night! lol
DeboraBremner is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 11-30-2013, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
What are the floating plants you have? They look great! Is that "frogbit" or whatever it's called.... I've kind of wanted to get some floaters....but my light is so low I'm afraid it will block out too much light.....
DeboraBremner is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Old tank water as plant fertilizer? KPainter Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 4 07-20-2012 07:22 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome