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Old 01-13-2005, 02:09 PM   #1
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General nutrients question

I kept a reef so I am very familiar with testing and dosing. I am a complete idiot when it comes to plants.

What are some of the general elements that need to be dosed to keep plants healthy. I do not want every single one, just the most important ones, such as iron.
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Old 01-13-2005, 02:21 PM   #2
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Check out these web sites, lots of great info on planted tanks:
http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/index.htm
some people may frown on this one but it is still a great resource:
http://www.rexgrigg.com/
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Chuck's site is very informative. To answer here though: Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus are the 3 macro nutrients plants need. Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Boron..are normal trace/micro nutrients, along with lots of others in even smaller quantities.
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Also PM Travis Simonson and/or read his threads, as he has a gorgeous ARLC with plants, as I am assuming this is for your cichlid tank.

All of the issues of dosing ferts are really dependent on your tap water and what kind of lighting you have - the more light, the more you have to concern yourself with careful dosing.
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Well I know I will need iron, it is not existant in my water.
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Old 01-13-2005, 09:54 PM   #6
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Here's a good read if you're interested a basic nutrient dosing routine Michael:

http://www.barrreport.com/node/6

Tom is a guru extraordinaire when it comes to planted aquaria and, although he sometimes goes right over my head with his explanations, this article really helped.
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I love this particular article because it discusses ammonia as the culprit for algae blooms, something Steve Hampton (another plant guru) has mentioned and is not a popular opinion, but I really like the theory.
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I'm with TG on choice of gurus Steve is one the nicest, most knowledgeable plant experts out there and I would highly recommend checking out his website at www.aquariaplants.com.

Read everything you can from all of the experts you can find, put that knowledge into action, observe the outcomes, choose what does and does not work for you, and formulate your own methods. Steve's advice, not mine. It won't steer you wrong.
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