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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-23-2008, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Question Aquatic Plant Fertilizer/Lighting.

I have decided to add some aquatic plants to my 60 gallon tropical tank and so far have added anacharis and some sword plants. I have 1 silverdollar, 1 gourami, 5 guppies, 2 angelfish, 2 clownfish and 2 corys.


I have a question about aquatic plant fertilizer, specifically how often to use it.
I bought one called Plant Gro. It is by Nutrafin/Hagen and is iron enriched- 0.15-0-0. Says it contains beneficial trace elements.
The instrtuctions for use say to use approx 1 capful per 10 gallons but just noticed that it does not say how often to do this...weekly, at every water change, monthly etc.


Here are two links on what I have. http://www.hagen.com/usa/aquatic/pro...01076740020101


https://www.terrificpets.com/pet_sup...izer/13587.asp



Anyone know this product or similar ones? How often do you use plant fertilzer in your tank?

I also have a question on lighting. I am using flourescent lighting, 36" Aqua-Glo. Will this be sufficient for these plants? What kind of lighting do you recommend?


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Anyone? Is anyone here using live plants and liquid fertilizer?
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I dont use fertilizer much in my tank. Maybe once a month if even.
Light wise - you need a 6500-6700k compact fluorescent light. Your plants might (most likely will) start dying off slowely without a more powerful light on the aquarium.


---- on another note - you do know that silver dollars are a schooling fish??? He would probably like company!
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ALSO-
What kind of substrate do you have in your tank?
I dont use fertilizer much, but I have a substrate that is made for plants and has the minerals and such in it.
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you do know that silver dollars are a schooling fish??? He would probably like company
Yes, this I do know...
I had a few for a long time. His buddies have passed. No, they were not sick. Just old age.
When I can I will get him another friend.



ALSO...as far as substrate it is regular gravel. I do not plan on changing it out so that is why I want to use liquid fertilizer.

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Bummer. I work at The Reef (fish store) up here in Alaska, we have ONE silver dollar, about 4 inches, who is all alone. If you were in Ak id tell you to come get him! hes been lonely for a month or so now
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aw he sounds like he would be perfect but alas...so far away!
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whether you will need to use fertilizer and how often is up to the type of setup you are looking for..
for instance...will you be using co2 injection?
If not, then it is not necessary to go nuts on the fertilizer..I would say add a small dose every time you do a wc
and depending on how often you do wc and how much you feed...sometimes even that is not necessary either
amazon swords will require iron..so I often get seachem iron supplements tabs that are placed in the soil and add them every three months

What type of gravel? I would lead towards florite or eco complete for plant substrate and throw away the gravel
As for lighting...how high is your tank...if you are not doing co2 injection...I would personally stick to around 2wpg..and even that would be plenty for co2 injection as well
compact flourescent is OK..however you could also go with t5 lighting which cuts down on energy and is more effective imo
if you got around 1.5wpg with that you would also be fine...bc the bigger the tank..the wpg rule no longer applies as much..also the wpg rule is ok to use when using flourescent bulbs not really t5


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tetra flora pride and great double lighting helps promote healthy aquatic plants in my 20L. eclipse
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