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Old 04-24-2014, 09:40 PM   #1
 
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What a beautiful plant and color addition to my set-up. I got them from the place where I always get my plants. I have been daily dosing with 12 drops of FlorinMulti and 5ml Excel. They look like they're only surviving. I was told that this place only gets low tech plants that are easy to keep. I then read up on it and it seems like they aren't. I am wondering if I need to dose with something other than the FlorinMulti and Excel. Should I use maybe Seachem Trace along with the FlorinMulti and Excel. Everything else is thriving as is. I have a dual lamp T5HO light with 6700K and 10,000K bulbs 36 inches at 39 watts each.
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:34 PM   #2
 
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some reads for ya, hope that helps!
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:21 AM   #3
 
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You have 78 watts over what size tank? Magenta does best with CO2 and high lighting, but may eek by without it. Sometimes ferts need to be adjusted as the plant mass increases. If this plant does not do well, and you want an easier color pop look for rotala sunset.
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Old 04-25-2014, 08:07 AM   #4
 
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I've been through the wattage issue in another thread. It's a 50 gallon tank. Through research I've determined that watts per gallon I'd not add important as Kelvin rating and other factors. Especially with high output like I am using. I was dusting the FlorinMulti daily at 6 drops which equals 5ml post week. I have increased it to 12 drops daily. I fear I may not have enough trace elements.
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Old 04-25-2014, 08:18 AM   #5
 
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So play with the trace and see what happens. If you get the desired effect you know you are on the right track. That is why I got away from the stems and harder to keep plants. Too much science for me. I add root tabs now and I am good to go. There are some planted tank sites out there with all the info you are looking for.
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:57 PM   #6
 
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Looks like FlorinMulti is trace. Seachem trace has no iron. Seachem comprehensive has iron but is very lean on macros (NPK). I played with these ferts for 7 months. I even started pressurized CO2 to fight algae. Until I run out of CO2 just before my 2 week vacation. No CO2, no ferts for 2 weeks. Came back to a beautiful tank without algae. All I am using now is Leafzone (by API). It has iron and potassium. And CO2 for 5 hours/day. Not all plants are doing great and that's fine with me. I'll stick with the ones I can handle.
I also have T5HO dual: 6500K and roseate. I changed the bulbs recently and I noticed the difference in plant growth.
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:04 PM   #7
 
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So today I went out and got Seachem Trace (and dosed it). I had put Iron in last night (I don't usually). Of course, I noticed that it expired 03/2014 after I dosed it. So should I not dose with the Seachem Trace and just continue with the FlorinMulti, Excel and get a new batch of Iron? Will it be too much to use the Trace with the FlorinMulti?
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:11 PM   #8
 
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Are you dosing any Macros?
I would use either Seachem trace and iron or Florimulti, not both
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:15 PM   #9
 
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I have root tabs, daily dose 12 drops of FlorinMulti and Excel. I want to dose the right thing so if I need to get more Iron (mine expired last month) I will. I thought Trace was macros.
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:32 PM   #10
 
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Traces are micros. There are 17 of them, most important is boron, molibden, copper, manganese. Iron is not included in the trace, it is a micro nutrient.
As for the macro, there are three: N (nitrogen), P (phosphorus) K (potassium). They are called macro because plants need them in higher amount then micros. IMO , potassium is the one to supplement, the other two (nitrogen and phosphorus) could be there already from fish (ammonia) and fish food.
I was also told that micros are in the water and a water change will pretty much replace the used ones. I am not convinced. What comes from tap could be very different depending on where you live...
And root tabs are mostly micro (trace). Some have iron.
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