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Old 04-17-2019, 05:07 PM   #11
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I'm still a newbie.
I have a 38 gal tank with a Fluval 406 and a Penguin Bio-Wheel 350 (which was the 1st filter I bought). I use Thrive Complete + GH booster because I have extremely soft water.
With that said I was dosing 7 pumps every other day and 1/2 tsp per gal of the booster per week. I was doing this because my plants had some defiences. 2x per week I was still using Seachem Flourish Excel.
My calculations were definitely off as I wasn't taking into consideration the media, sponge, substrate and decorations when I was dosing. Instead I did estimates of
Tank 38 gals
Canister 2-3 gals = 41 gals.
In reality I now believe I should've only used 3-4 pumps only.
I plan to turn this tank into a planted tank without CO2 so I'm asking how much should I use to dose my tank?
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:38 PM   #12
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Yeah thats way to much ferts. For example I have a 50gal planted tank that I use normally 1 dose per week of excel and all my plants are thriving, every now and then I will do the 2x per week.

I would never try to mix different ferts at the same time, a lot of these have the same thing so you are basically doubling the same dose of certain minerals that can be dangerous for your fish or inverts (copper, iron, etc.).

Also when it comes to plants dont try to force them. Time is one of the best things to get healthy plants, then light is next, and then worry about ferts. Choose one fert and use it at a time. Its ok to use different ferts but treat them like meds, dont use more than one at a time.

Keep us posted on the health of your fish.
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:57 PM   #13
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Thanks I have a lot to learn. In a few weeks I'm changing my substrate to Fluval Stratum because I want to start a fully planted tank. In the meantime I'll leave my fish in the hospital tank. I have Nicrew LED lights, nothing fancy. I was told that I have deficiencies that's why I started using Thrive. But I'm truly a Seachem fanatic
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Its all good. What kind of substrate do you have right now? Dont fall into the ploy of thinking stratum is the only substrate you can use to grow plants.
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Sorry been down for a week with a serious bug (not the flu). I had regular gravel do you have any suggestions?
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:20 PM   #16
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That gravel should be fine. Just choose something you like and can afford. Sure there are some gravels that are better suited for different things but even pool filter sand can grow plants.

I use Carib Sea Eco Complete mainly because of how much you get for the price. It also looks good. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Thank you.
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I do want to point out tho about substrates, be sure to look into them as some will raise ph or other water parameters. For instance, the Eco Complete i use will keep the ph around 7.6 which is fine for my fish but wouldnt be fine for others.
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Interesting, I have "soft water" and my pH remains below 6.
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