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  • ADA

    13 12.62%
  • Borneo Wild

    4 3.88%
  • Seachem

    44 42.72%
  • Tropica

    9 8.74%
  • Lushgrow by Dr Mallicks (Including their powder/salts mixtures)

    18 17.48%
  • JBL

    1 0.97%
  • Wondergrow series

    0 0%
  • Eiho

    2 1.94%
  • Mixture of all brands (if you can indicate what mixture you use)

    6 5.83%
  • DIY liquid fert from salts/powder only

    4 3.88%
  • SERA flore series

    0 0%
  • Others

    2 1.94%
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Thread: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

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    If you look at this package deal and info from ecocity, you will find that there is P but not K.
    http://www.ecocityhydroponics.com/lu...ua-liquid.html
    For K, I use K2SO4, potassium sulphate.
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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    I'm sure Lushgro Aqua contains Potassium (K).
    It does not have Phosphate (P) because Dr Mallick believes the tank will get sufficient phosphate from the end product from the nitrogen cycle (from fish food & waste). If its not sufficient, then dose with Monopotassium phosphate (KH2PO4)

    I believe the documentation on the EcoCity Hydrophonics website is incorrect. They are the re-seller of the product.

    This is what's stated on the label of Lushgro Aqua :
    http://www.singaporehydroponics.com/images/stories/j25%20aqua.jpg
    This is the excel that has the details of the content of Lushgro Aqua. Excel originated from the maker of the fertilizer. http://www.ntu.edu.sg/home/kfloh/dmdd.xls





    Last edited by Suzerolt; 16th Dec 2014 at 18:34.

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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    I have gotten by not dosing any phosphates for the past 1 year. just using lush grow aqua gets me by. So i am not sure about that. The excel sheet you have is pretty old. Looks like the one i had when i was into aquascaping 10 years back. Perhaps it is a new formula ?
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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    I was chatting with Dr Mallick about 9 months back about Lushgro Aqua. That's where he mentioned about "no phosphates in his formula since it can be obtained from food/waste....not a must to dose additional but its up to you"

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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    i tend to agree with suzerolt, i find signs of phosphates deficiency when i solely dose lushgro aqua. I think it is a must if you are going EI method.
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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    I see. Then someone better alert ecocity hydroponics. However i do seem to get better results even though i dose extra potassium. Probably excess potassium does not affect algae growth i guess ?
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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    At this point. I dose
    1) Lushgrow Aqua
    2) Lushgrow Micros
    3) K2SO4
    4) Iron from Eiho (if I see my plants turning pale red)

    At this point, I am only lacking calcium which I will address by getting Calcium Nitrate. I find Urea too high in nitrates. No need for that now. I used to dose it when I was planting APP (elatine tiandra)
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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    Last count, it seems Seachem is the winner. Lushgrow a close 2nd. Borneo wild has no takers even though it is a local startup?
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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    Looks like fertilizer choice tends to be linked to its availability at shops... Seachem is stocked at almost all LFS, so its convenient and easy to buy. The other fertilizer brands are only available at specific shops and places, so people have travel out of their way to find and buy them, hence less users.
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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    Seachem is easy to find and buy for me (I live near Jln Kayu) and it's one of the cheapest per volume I think.

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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    I buy dry fert online cheaper but you need to buy a lot to make the shipping cost worthwhile.

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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    I also thinking of trying dry fertiliser.. Zerofighter, is it good?

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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    Yes,definitely. Save you a lot of $$$. All my macro and micro are dry fert,i will make them into solution
    and dose appoarately.

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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    I am using from ecocity ferts. The powder dose is approx 2g per 100l of water. Lets say I am using 6gram for 300l of water...how much should I get it mix in a 2litre bottle. I was hoping I can automate the dosing rather than manual as I have a 7 channel dosing pump on hand.

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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    Quote Originally Posted by tropic View Post
    I am using from ecocity ferts. The powder dose is approx 2g per 100l of water. Lets say I am using 6gram for 300l of water...how much should I get it mix in a 2litre bottle. I was hoping I can automate the dosing rather than manual as I have a 7 channel dosing pump on hand.
    I guess that depends on how many doses you want to supply with the 2 liter bottle... for example, say you need 6 grams per dose for your 300 liter tank, and lets say you want the 2 liter bottle to supply 5 doses, then just mix in 5 x 6ml = 30ml of powder ferts into the 2 liter bottle, then program the auto-dosing pump to only add 2 liter 5 doses = 400ml of mixed fertilizer solution per dose.

    Just adjust the amount of dosages simply by increasing or decreasing the powder ferts and dosing volume.
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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    Thanks UA. Seems that the bottles that I have would run out in no time. Time to source for alternative sources for the dry ferts.

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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    I use KNO3 5% mixture from dr mallicks kh2po4 and also micros for all round fertilization. All from dr mallicks. Much cheaper. Last quite long too.
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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    hi i use ei dosing but my rotala rotundifolia is getting some black bends at the older leaves, any idea what nutrient I'm lacking? i searched online and found it could be low nitrates or potassium but i upped the dose of both and still getting the poor growth

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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    Quote Originally Posted by tan.jxiong View Post
    hi i use ei dosing but my rotala rotundifolia is getting some black bends at the older leaves, any idea what nutrient I'm lacking? i searched online and found it could be low nitrates or potassium but i upped the dose of both and still getting the poor growth
    How old are those older leaves? If those leaves have been around for many weeks and months, they could just be naturally aging and degrading. Its a normal cycle of leaf growth. The leaves have a certain lifespan and they don't last forever (unless they are plastic plants). For fast growing stem plants, you should be looking at the new leaves to detect nutrient deficiencies.

    Older leaves with black marks or bends will not "heal" themselves, they will just gradually melt away over time. In most mature aquascapes, while the top newer leaves are all lush and full, but if you look further at the bottom of the background stem plants, they will usually be "botak" or with tattered leaves, thats why aquascapers use mid ground plants to hide those unsightly parts. At different stages in an aquascape's growth, keepers will eventually have to trim the healthy tops, uproot and discard the rotting bottoms, and then replant the healthy tops to resume fresh new growth (or just chop until the bottom and let new stems and leaves grow out again).
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    Re: Liquid fertilizer choice for local aquarists (POLL)

    oh i see, thanks a lot! the new leaves occasionally have some of the same black bends too, but not all have it, shall monitor more! thanks!

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