Which liquid fertilizer is best?
In my local pet shop there are only two choices of liquid plant fertilizers:
1. King British - Aquatic Plant Food
2. Nurafin - Plant Gro
Which fertilizer would you recommend to promote healthy plants?
pH 6.8 - 7.2
20 Gallon Long
Aqua Glo - T8 18000K Bulb
I tried to find some data on the King British product but can't. Without knowing what is in it, I can't say if it is better, equal or worse than the Nutrafin. The Nutrafin itself is not complete. If you can find me some online data for the King Br, I'll check it.
In your numbers, did you really mean nitrites at 50, or nitrates? The latter I hope, though this is dangerous too if it is in ppm.
What sort of plants are you considering? The Aqua-Glo tube is not very intense light. This is easily solved by changing the tube to a Life-Glo (about twice the intensity, plus a better colour rendition).
Byron (as always) gave you outstanding advice... Depending on the plants too, you may want to also consider a plant oriented substrate and/or fert tabs... I use a combination of all three, plus co2, as some of my plants are chiefly root dependent, some leaves, some float, etc... I'm only familiar with the stuff offered here in the states, but most comprehensive online aquarium stores usually carry numerous brands... Here I'm using liquid flourish comprehensive, a root tab from aquariumplants.com, plus a commonly sold brand of planting substrate (which is old and needs a fert boost now and then)...algae pops up often, but nothing too crazy...just address it immediately when it appears...
Yes I have them mixed up lol. Soz my bad!
Well I have Anubias, Java fern, Narrow Leaf Giant Hygro, Vallisnera, a Marimo Ball, Anacharis, Water Hyssop and I should be getting some water lettuce in the post today Majourity of the plants are doing well but others need a boost as some of the leaves are melting. The aqua glo really brings out the colour in my tank so if there's something even better than that I will deffo consider it.
You might want to look online for some good fertilizer. I know of two that are available in the UK, Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive Supplement for the Planted Aquarium, and Brightwell Aquatics' FlorinMulti. Both are much the same. You use very little, so the extra initial cost over time works out.
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