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  • Dennerle

    20 8.89%
  • Seachem

    82 36.44%
  • Ocean Free

    10 4.44%
  • Tetra

    9 4.00%
  • ADA

    33 14.67%
  • Others (please specify)

    71 31.56%
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    Brand of plant fertiliser used

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    Just curious what brand of plant fertiliser felolow hobbyists use for their planted tank.
    I have been using Seachem almost all the time. If anyone has other recommendation, please do so . thanks
    By the way, how do fellow hobbyist rates Seachem stuffs?

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    I use seachem (Flourish and Iron) together with KNO3 and PO4.
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    I use ADA Brighty K daily; ECA and Green Brighty Step 1 once every 3 days; Green Gain after trimming.

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    Thumbs up hi

    HI bro, I use Seachem Flourish, iron , trace n Dr. Mallicks KNO3 N PO4...i simply love KNO3 NPO4...My plants grow like weeds

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    Oh sorry guys, I have miss out the much acclaimed ADA
    My appologies.

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    I have been using Seachem Flourish.

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    My tank's just 4 days old, and using a mix of ADA soil and base fertilizer. I'm using just Seachem Flourish in my tank at the moment; but gonna go pick up some additional liquid fertilizers soon from NA.

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    I prefer to use Dr. Mallick ferts as you can mix them according to whatever your plants need.
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    I'm using Tropica Master Grow together with Seachem Nitrogen and Phosphorus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weirong View Post
    I prefer to use Dr. Mallick ferts as you can mix them according to whatever your plants need.
    Hi Weirong,

    Could you elaborate on which of Dr Mallick's product you use to mix? Thanks!
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    I am using JBL Ferropol liquid fertiliser and KNO3 and PO4.

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    I am dosing Dr Mallick's KNO3, KH2PO4 and Ferka Aquatilizer.

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    The macros I use chemical store supply. The micros I use my own brew. I've left brand ferts some time ago for the sake of my research. It saves me dozens of bottles of brand name ferts and get acceptable result out of it as the bonus.

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    I am using TMG

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    Dr Mallick's LGM and LQA supplemented with K2SO4, MgSO4 and KH2PO4.

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    ADA all the way. [see how long I can last! ouch ouch ouch!]
    Brighty K, Step 2, ECA, Green Brighty Lights Special, Green Gain and multi long bottom's.
    I use other ferts for other tanks. Dennerle, Plant Nutrition, +++ [collectoritis]
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    I used to use the entire Seachem range and to be honest, following the Seachem's recommended dosing method/schedule works really well. However its too expensive for me. Switched to Dr Mallick's KNO3, KH2PO4, LushGRO Micros and Seachem Equilibrium.
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    I used the following

    -Ferka Aqualitizer
    -Ferka K+,
    -LushGRO KNO3
    -LushGRO KH2PO4
    -Seacheam Iron

    OT a bit, thinking of getting rid of the Ferka Aqualitizer and adding in either Seachem Trace or LushGRO Micros and Seachem Equilibrium.

    Any comments ?

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    I've used TMG going on 15 years?
    I've tried Kent, Sera, ADA and Flourish etc.
    Many folks have ended up going back to TMG.

    As far as macro nutrients, it does not matter, NO3 is NO3, PO4 is PO4, K+ binds with no organic molecules, so it's the same, Ca++, Mg, SO4, Cl etc

    Does not matter where it comes from, it's still the same stuff.
    KNO3 runs 15$ for 50lbs here.
    Why should I buy it diluted with a name brand on the the bottle and pay extra for water/shipping?

    15$ is what one little bottle of the ADA cost, and the 50lbs will last till I have grandkids and they have planted tanks. I also know precisely what is in it, KNO3, pure and simple, a dosing calculator can easily help anyone dose it dry.

    I've been testing a new trace of my own design.
    It'll be about 10-20X cheaper than Flourish and TMG.
    And it'll be sold dry via Greg Watson etc.

    Unlike the macro nutrients(other than say Mg), chelators vary in the name brands as do the ratios. Few measure the other trace metals other than Fe.
    It used a mix of chelators, a weak highly bioavailable one and stronger longer lasting one, and unlike just Fe, these same mix of chelators will be applied to all the trace metals, not just Fe only.

    Plants all use the same building blocks so delivery is all that's left.
    Chelators that are specific for the KH's we typically find can do this easily.

    At that point, I'm free of any name brand, cost 20X less, easy to determine concentrations, cheaper to ship and grows the plants better.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr

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