Originally Posted by aunt kymmie
I'm glad that I too, no longer have any in-laws to deal with!! LOL
So, tell me more about these dry ferts? I've always been afraid of them but them I use them for all my terrestial plants, go figure.
Many,most,who run high tech ,high light,CO2 enriched tanks dose these macronutrient's daily.
I was researching low tech planted tanks,and came across.. (Tom Barr's non CO2 method) which suggested that adding small amount of these much needed macronutrient's would further benefit the plant's and I decided to try it.
I then began asking about dosing these nutrient's and at what rate for low tech application and Tom as well as other's offered assistance,expierience, which I lacked.
Am pleased thus far with the result's.
Could not however forego water changes for month's, as Tom's method which is a take off from Walstad method, suggest's. I Fear I have too many fish for the no water changes he and other's suggest is possible. I suspect they have planted tank's with fish ,where I have a fish tank with plant's.
Some argue that low light ,low tech,tanks don't have the same demand for nutrient's that high tech tanks have and thus added dry fertz aren't needed but I decided to try it for myself.
Low tech ,low light,Non CO2 still can benefit from scaled back dosing of macronutrient's to ensure there is no limiting factor hampering ones effort's.Or at least that's been my observations thus far.
I'm dosing dry fertz at three quarter's, to one half tsp,each of KNO3, KHP204 , once or twice a week, and different volumes of water (Tank sizes) require different amount's.
Can order a year's worth of these dry fertz for around 20 bucks and plant's do seem to respond.