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Old 11-13-2018, 01:32 PM   #1
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Anyone out there use Seachem iron in their tanks? I think my plants especially the s

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Yes, I've used it.

Planted tanks with pH's higher than 6.5 should get a dose of Flourish Iron (ferrous gluconate) daily to allow proper plant uptake. Or DTPA Iron. Assuming large weekly water changes of course.
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I use this almost every day. I bought the iron tester so at first I kept checking for both the chelated and non-chelated types. Initially I tested my tap water so I knew where I was starting. My plants absorb all of this iron every day and Iíve never had any problems. My purplish sword fern now has color and the greens on my plants are nice and green. No harm to fish.
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Yes, I've used it.

Planted tanks with pH's higher than 6.5 should get a dose of Flourish Iron (ferrous gluconate) daily to allow proper plant uptake. Or DTPA Iron. Assuming large weekly water changes of course.
Will plants uptake iron in 8.4 pH?
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Will plants uptake iron in 8.4 pH?
pH < 6.5 EDTA Iron (CSM+B)
pH 6.5-7.5 DTPA Iron (DTPA 11% Iron)
pH > 7.5 / any pH ferrous gluconate DAILY minimum every other day. (Seachem Iron)
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pH < 6.5 EDTA Iron (CSM+B)
pH 6.5-7.5 DTPA Iron (DTPA 11% Iron)
pH > 7.5 / any pH ferrous gluconate DAILY minimum every other day. (Seachem Iron)
I've seen iron dosing pop up a couple times recently. As you know, I have low light plants and I've never dosed iron. The plants are doing well. Are they getting their iron from the tap or do they need it at all if I'm using fertilizer?
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I've seen iron dosing pop up a couple times recently. As you know, I have low light plants and I've never dosed iron. The plants are doing well. Are they getting their iron from the tap or do they need it at all if I'm using fertilizer?
What are you currently dosing?

How MUCH, how OFTEN and into how MUCH water?

Water change schedule?

Iron from your tap is likely enough to supply low light, low tech plants.

My low tech tank see's quite a lot from EDTA Iron (from CSM+B) but my pH is over 8 so it's virtually all NOT plant available. Am I seeing deficiencies? Yes... Am I lazy and have NOT mixed up a new batch of Micro's (Using either DTPA or Seachem) also yes...

My high tech tank runs a pH @ 7.2 degassed and 6.0 with CO2 and sees 4 x weekly shots of 0.15ppm from DTPA Iron 11% and another 0.05ppm from Flourish Iron. Mon, Tues, Thur, Sat. 70% water change on Sun or Mon.
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I got low light plants. I just dose thrive at the recommended 1 pump per 10 gallons. I do one water change between 40-50% a week.
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I got low light plants. I just dose thrive at the recommended 1 pump per 10 gallons. I do one water change between 40-50% a week.
While a daily dose of Flourish Iron will likely benefit your tank, using Thrive as per directed should be enough to fulfill the low light plants at your pH.
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They seem to be ok but was wondering if it was necessary to use iron for long term health of the plants or fuller/bigger growth. Thanks Z.
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