Liquid Plant feed

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I think that when an aquarium is very well maintained and the water quality is near perfect (if there is such a thing). The down side to this must be that there is not enough nitrates and stuff in the water to feed the plants.
Does anybody on the site use a liquid plant feed at all? I don't know if it just a commercial thing or if it even really works. Can anybody give me a heads up on this?....
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kered replied the topic: Re: Liquid Plant feed

i use seachem's flourish...its a comprehensive feed that provides most of the main nutrients plants need...i also use the flourish excel which is kind of an alternative to injected CO2
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Graeme76 replied the topic: Re: Liquid Plant feed

If you give me details of the type of lights, tank size, total watts, exact type of plants you are trying to grow & exactly what problems you are having, I will be able to help you out with any problems you are having with plants.

If you know for absolute certain that your problem is a lack of nitrates, then forget the Seachem Flourish Comprehensive. It doesn't contain enough nitrogen to make any noticeable difference to nitrate levels & what nitrogen it does contain will be used by plants very rapidly. To increase nitrates you best choice is to dose KNO3 in it's dry form. It is far cheaper & much more effective at increasing nitrate levels than any commercial fertilizer. Flourish is good stuf & I occasionally still use it myself in some of my low light planted tanks but it won't help at all with a nitrogen deficiency.
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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: Liquid Plant feed

Plant ferts can help but if you really want plants to grow injected co2 is the way to go along with proper lighting. IMHO Jamie stick with a few low light hardy plants like java fern for your oscar tank that do not necessarly need ferts, unless you want to keep a high tech planted tank...

I have no idea why the water bill is so high
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JamieM replied the topic: Re: Liquid Plant feed

Graeme76 wrote: If you give me details of the type of lights, tank size, total watts, exact type of plants you are trying to grow & exactly what problems you are having, I will be able to help you out with any problems you are having with plants.

If you know for absolute certain that your problem is a lack of nitrates, then forget the Seachem Flourish Comprehensive. It doesn't contain enough nitrogen to make any noticeable difference to nitrate levels & what nitrogen it does contain will be used by plants very rapidly. To increase nitrates you best choice is to dose KNO3 in it's dry form. It is far cheaper & much more effective at increasing nitrate levels than any commercial fertilizer. Flourish is good stuf & I occasionally still use it myself in some of my low light planted tanks but it won't help at all with a nitrogen deficiency.


Sorry I have been a bit late replying to this.
I have my light on from 8am til I go to bed 8-10pm at night so there is plenty of light and a double tube one a blueish colour and the other pinkish. Wattage of the lights I am not sure.
These lights are from the company 'Aqua one' It is for a marine tank which mine is. 48x18x28 tall.
As I said maybe my maintenance is over the top (if you can do that in oscar keeping) I take 4x5 gallon buckets out every second day, even take just a couple out the following day just to remove the fish's crap from the bottom if need be.
The best faring plants are the large amazons and the dark green ones to the left of the tank. Sorry I cant remember the names of them.
Am thinking there is nothing in the water for the plants.

This is the latest video clip I did for my YT channel you can see all the plants..



Thanks for your help guys .......
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