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post #1 of 4 Old 01-11-2013, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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What inexpensive fert works well?

I have a 10 gallon with Anubias, Apnogeton, and Marimo Ball. I am setting up a 2 gallon as a temp home for a female Betta which I will also be adding some plants to. What would be an inexpensive fert I could buy for my tank(s) that would work well for my needs? I want to keep it low tec as possible. The have proper lighting and PFS substrate with smooth gravel on top. It would have to be safe for Betta, Inverts, and Cory Cats. I would also not want something that would mess up my hardness and pH if possible. Also, could you please include instructions on how to use it and how often?
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-11-2013, 10:02 PM
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Flourish Comprehensive is a pretty good liquid fertilizer. It would work for what you have and it won't hurt anything or change your water hardness.
You can dose once a week and see how it goes. I believe for a 20 gallon I think it would be about 2 millilitres. The instruction on the bottle will tell ya how much to dose.

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-12-2013, 12:44 PM
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Agree. Many of the plant fertilizer preparations are insufficient as they only contain certain nutrients, especially those that may be less expensive to buy. But Flourish Comprehensive Supplement has everything, and the very small dosage means it will last for months so long-term is is much less expensive plus it does a better job.

Another equally good is Brightwell Aquatics' FlorinMulti. Similar low dose, and a complete fertilizer.

Whichever you get, make sure it is exactly the product named, since both manufacturers make several products in their respective lines.


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