12-12-2010, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by WH2O
Is Tetraplant Florapride a good fertilizer?
The water sprite is deficient in iron and Florapride is high in iron.
In previous threads I have suggested Flourish Comprehensive to those then using FloraPride and they had improvement. I have tried to find out what exactly is in FloraPride, but all I can ascertain from Tetra is potassium and iron. Plants need 17 nutrients, 15 of which are minerals. And while this or that appearance may indicate lack of iron, it may also indicate lack of some other nutrient. Lastly, increasing only one or two minerals can cause plants to shut down assimilation of other nutrients. Plus, iron is a heavy metal and all heavy metals are highly toxic to fish and plants so I do not recommend ad hoc dosing of specific minerals as it can upset the natural balance.
I would suggest Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive Supplement for the Planted Aquarium
. To the best of my knowledge, it is the only preparation containing all essential nutrients (save oxygen, carbon and hydrogen which occur naturally in any aquarium). It takes very little, for a 10g about 1/4 teaspoon once or perhaps twice a week. I would start with once weekly, on the day following a water change (conditioners that detoxify heavy metals will negate iron, copper, manganese, zinc and this usually lasts around 24 hours). I think you will see vast improvement. I use Flourish and my Ceratopteris is growing like a weed.