02-27-2010, 02:28 PM
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when and what should i use for fertizler for my plants? do i even have to fertilize?
As Natalie previously remarked here, it depends largely on what nutrients are available via your fish, tap water, fish food. If your tap water is moderately hard, it has calcium and magnesium. It may have trace elements (iron, copper, zinc) but a water conditioner that detoxifies heavy metals will get rid of these. Adding them via a liquid fertilizer (which also contains other nutrients in balance) is usually required with tap water. The Flourish Comprehensive Supplement for the Planted Aquarium
, Kent's Freshwater Plant
, and Nutrafin's Plant-Gro
are good. The Kent is not to be confused with their Plant-Pro iwhich is something entirely different. Used once a week is probably adequate, after a couple weeks I observe the plant's response and consider a second weekly dose if necessary. It is all dependent upon your aquarium, each aquarium is different because of different fish, the biological processes, tap water, etc. B.