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Old 02-01-2012, 10:42 AM   #11
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Thanks for this discussion guys ! It was really informative. I use Flourish Comprehensive, and I keep mine in the fridge, as they recommend. I got a small bottle though and the total volume of my tanks is about 100 gallons (including the 29G that I am setting up).
Still dreaming of when I can have a nice 125G
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:12 AM   #12
 
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Im getting one of each, I have decided. The small bottle of plant gro has a dosing cap, so ill use it up, then refill the bottle with plant gro, keeping the big bottle in the fridge. This will give me at least a few weeks to note its performance before I switch to flourish.

this is, of course, just for fun. I will note my findings here :)

thanks alot everyone, its been fun digging that deep into things I slept right through in high school. I just spent like 3 hours looking up various dry ferts, and trying to figure out how their composition compares to flourish and plant-gro. My brain hurts.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:28 AM   #13
 
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You know what works amazing for dosing, whether it's ferts, water treatment, etc is those plastic medicine syringes. My wife works in a Pharmacy and brings them home for me. I use the thin 1ml one (has .1ml increments) for dosing .8ml in the 10g and the larger 5ml ones for dosing 2.25ml in the 29g. Exact measurements and super easy (at least I think it's easier than pouring into the lid) Most pharmacy's will probably give you a couple for free.

Edit: you can also use them as a dropper should you need that small a qty. I have one at work I use as a dropper for the water treatment when I do the 3g water changes.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:36 AM   #14
 
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ya know I was just trying to think of something. I found a website that sells premixed dry ferts that you have to mix with water. I was thinking about getting one for one tank, and flourish for another to compare them, as their macro nutrient numbers are way off. It gets mixed with water then literally droppered into the water 1-5 drops per day. A plastic syringe might be the hot ticket. I might have some left over from when we had to medicate our rat.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:28 PM   #15
 
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That's what I use, but it's a left over one that came with infants motrin. Works great for small doses.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:52 PM   #16
 
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That's what I use, but it's a left over one that came with infants motrin. Works great for small doses.
Ditto! The infant fever suppressor droppers are ideal with one exception: they won't reach too deep into the bottle. At one point I worked it out to 15 drops per mL for those with small tanks like mine (1/4 the size of Flourish minimal dose).
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:30 PM   #17
 
IMO dry ferts are more for high tech set up with intense light
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:34 AM   #18
 
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IMO dry ferts are more for high tech set up with intense light
I would agree Chris. Daily dosing of these macro-nutrients has to be balanced by micro-nutrients, carbon and higher light than what those of us with natural systems have; if not, you run the risk of overloading the system. Once or at most twice a week using a comprehensive nutrient supplement is all that should be required in a low-tech system.

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Old 02-02-2012, 09:41 PM   #19
 
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well, the thought was I could balance them myself, as they are separate components, IF need be. I figure dry ferts would literally last me for years, because I would only need a tiny tiny bit probably once or twice a week at most.

but either way, im going to go ahead with the flourish. I can only imagine 2 liters of the stuff should last me long enough that ordering more off the net shouldnt be an inconvenience
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:49 PM   #20
 
Just a quick fyi. If you have any inverts copper = death.. So Flourish is the best around for low copper. 1 per million
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