CO2 and Plants

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    Hi Guys,

    Was doing my weekly water change yesterday when I found some BBA on a few leaves and my drift wood.
    Not a lot, small tufts here and there.

    I read that this is due to fluctuating CO2 levels.

    My question is: If I started out with a few plants on a CO2 bubble count of 3 - 4 BPS and I started to plant my tank heavy I would have to raise the amount of CO2 right? else this would cause a fluctuation in the CO2 level? :scratch:

    I have gone from this:
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    To this:
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    To this in about two month:
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    Or your fertiliser regimen . . .
    Can you tell use what you are using?
     
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    I don't have any experience with Sera florena, but it says "0-0-4" on the bottle which indicates zero Nitrate, zero Phosphate and 4% Potassium.
    If that is correct, then it is not a universal fertiliser, as there are quite a few missing components.
     
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    I asked my LFS for a good fert that I could use, they suggested that.
    Not having done a planted tank before I took their word for it.

    I did later find that they also stock ADA ferts, and was going to switch to them after I finished this bottle.
     
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    It's a pity that Sera doesn't publish the ingredients (at least I can't find them). Untill we do get that info we must accept that the assessment is correct and that it is not a universal fertiliser.
    Don't throw the bottle away yet. Stick it in the fridge for later use. You will always need potassium at some stage.

    By-all-means, buy the ADA range and sleep easy from then onwards ;D

    BTW: Your tank looks very good otherwise.
     
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    What options should I get from the ADA as I see there are a few?

    Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, Bright K etc etc :eek:
     
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    I make my own ferts. It's a lot cheaper. But, there are dozens of members who can advise you on the ADA range.
    I'm going to leave that to the more experienced chaps (if you don't mind ;D)
     
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    Affirmative on both counts. Never change more than one parameter at the time. I'm sure you'll be OK.
    If not, we're here to help always.
     
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    Perfect thanks.

    Will go this weekend at pick up Brightly K and Step 2 in the ADA range (someone correct me if I am wrong please)

    According to my calculations this would last me just over a month (based on 1ml per 20l per day)
    Around R600 a month.....eish....bit steep. will have to look into making my own ferts soon.
     
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    Indeed. If you like, I'll help you with that. Do you have any chemical knowledge?
     
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    Not as much as I should :embarassed:
     
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    OK
    We'll cross that bridge when we get to it. ;D
     
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    ADA recommend Step 1 + Brighty K in the beginning then Step 2 + Brighty K I will TAG Sean and he can give you the exact time lines
     
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    try seachem flourish its about R150 for 500ml bottle 5 ml treats 250 liters of water it
     
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    Hey!!

    Ok, so the standard ADA fert regime when using aquasoil is as follows:

    From startup to 3 months:
    Green brighty step 1
    BRIGHTY K

    From 3 months - 12 months:
    Step 2
    BRIGHTY K

    12 months onward
    Step 3
    BRIGHTY K

    What I have noticed, is that this system works well, but sometimes the plants will start to show deficiencies. Then adding some Green BRIGHTY Special Lights is beneficial.

    Special lights contains more Nitrate and Phosphate for the plants, if you don't have enough fish taking care of that for you.

    My best results so far have been using step 2, Brighty K and Special Lights.

    Hope that helps?
     
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    Flourish on its own does not contain all the nutrients that the plants will need.
     
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    sorry i use both seachem flourish and seachem trace and never run in a problem spend R300 on ferts every 6 months
     
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    Flourish does not contain enough macro elements on its own to sustain a heavily planted aquarium. Like I said, you will need to dose macro elements in order to have a healthy planted tank.
     

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