Fertilizer? - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 11-05-2012, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Fertilizer?

I don't have any fertilizers for my planted fish tank. I have heard that seachem flourish is a good one. Is that a good one? Should I go with liquid or tabs?I have floating plants as well as rooted plants.
aklick is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to aklick For This Useful Post:
CinBos (11-06-2012)
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 11-05-2012, 09:37 AM
Member
 
Boredomb's Avatar
 
Yes, Flourish Comprehensive is a good fertilizer. Lots of ppl here use it. You at least need the liquid fertilizer as for the tabs that will depend on what rooted plants you have?

Boredomb is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Boredomb For This Useful Post:
CinBos (11-06-2012)
post #3 of 7 Old 11-05-2012, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Boredomb View Post
Yes, Flourish Comprehensive is a good fertilizer. Lots of ppl here use it. You at least need the liquid fertilizer as for the tabs that will depend on what rooted plants you have?
Here are all the plants I have so far:

Dwarf Sagittaria
Riccia Fluitan
Taiwan Moss
Amazon Sword
Leopard Valisneria

Read more: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...#ixzz2BMMXS3ZZ
aklick is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 11-05-2012, 09:58 AM
Member
 
Boredomb's Avatar
 
Do you still have Eco complete as your substrate?
I had this substrate when I first started out and found after time I still needed root tabs. Your swords and Vallisneria will benefit from the tabs. The rest will be fine with just liquid fertilizer
Posted via Mobile Device
Boredomb is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Boredomb For This Useful Post:
CinBos (11-06-2012)
post #5 of 7 Old 11-05-2012, 09:59 AM
Member
 
Boredomb's Avatar
 
Another possible issue maybe your lights? What type of bulbs do you have? How old are they?
Posted via Mobile Device
Boredomb is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Boredomb For This Useful Post:
CinBos (11-06-2012)
post #6 of 7 Old 11-05-2012, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Boredomb View Post
Another possible issue maybe your lights? What type of bulbs do you have? How old are they?
Posted via Mobile Device
My bulb is brand new I have a single T5 bulb so they get plenty of light. They just went nearly 2 weeks with out light though because my blub died after a month and amazon sent me the wrong size twice.

I do have that substrate still
aklick is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 11-05-2012, 01:21 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
I would go with just the liquid for a few weeks and monitor the plant's response. Liquid is essential if any fertilizing is necessary, for any plants; some of the nutrients are only taken up via the leaves, so not having them in the water column is not going to help much. And the water naturally gets down through the substrate, carrying nutrients with it, so all plants will benefit from liquid.

As Boredomb mentioned, some plants may need additional substrate fertilizers. These are plants we term heavy feeding, such as the Echinodorus (sword) species. I use liquid (Flourish Comprehensive) in all my tanks, plus in the two with my large Echinodorus bleherae, E. cordifolius and the Tiger Lotus, I use a tab next to each plant, once every 3 months. The species mentioned do show increased growth from the tabs, compared to when they only got the liquid.

Vallisneria should be fine in Eco-complete with regular liquid fertilization. It's primary need is for "hard" minerals, as it uses bicarbonates a lot and thus thrives in harder water.

Byron.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

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]
Byron is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Byron For This Useful Post:
CinBos (11-06-2012)
Reply

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



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best Fertilizer Jester10 Beginner Planted Aquarium 11 03-19-2012 12:52 PM
I don't know anything about fertilizer liz26914 Beginner Planted Aquarium 1 12-21-2011 10:11 PM
Is CO2 and fertilizer really necessary? outpost Beginner Planted Aquarium 16 05-20-2010 01:38 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