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Dosing pumps and seachem ferts in a high tech tank

Palmer92

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Hi all,

I have desperately been trying to work out how to fix my dosing schedule. Firstly I have an aquarium with sump (3"×2"×2"), c02, 2 chihiros wrgb slim. I currently dose all of Seachems ferts two times per week, flourish, nitrogen, potassium etc.

I have limited room in my cabinet due to the sump, auto top up and fire extinguisher. So was thinking about putting a dosing pump in the cabinet and pre mixing all the ferts (8 different supplements) into a small chamber (so each chamber doesnt take up to much room) for it to be added daily.

My question is, does anyone see any problems with me pre mixing these ferts and then pumping them in?

Thanks in advance,

Alex
 

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Not sure of the question. Are you wanting to premix all eight into an all in one? Where do the multiple chambers come into it.

If you want an all in one, why not buy salts and use the excellent IFC Fert Calculator to work out what you need to mix up? You can even use it to clone off the shelf mixes.
 

Palmer92

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So the question is more if I mix all 8 bottles in a single chamber will any of them react and lose potency.

I have been using the seachem products since day one and the tank does well so am nervous in changing this up and ruining the hard work that I have put in so far. Is there a high chance in this causing a problem if I was to change over?

Thanks
 

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So the question is more if I mix all 8 bottles in a single chamber will any of them react and lose potency.

I have been using the seachem products since day one and the tank does well so am nervous in changing this up and ruining the hard work that I have put in so far. Is there a high chance in this causing a problem if I was to change over?

Thanks
Hi, I have started with Seachem as a beginner hoping that the brand will help me succeed. And indeed it worked well until I’ve just fed up by dosing all 8 ferts manually and individually. Started looking into autodosing and switched to Jebao pump and and own mixed ferts. Turned out that effect was exactly the same because Seachem is just using same exact components as we do. I’d not doubt at all that it will work for you too
 

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Hi, I have started with Seachem as a beginner hoping that the brand will help me succeed. And indeed it worked well until I’ve just fed up by dosing all 8 ferts manually and individually. Started looking into autodosing and switched to Jebao pump and and own mixed ferts. Turned out that effect was exactly the same because Seachem is just using same exact components as we do. I’d not doubt at all that it will work for you too
Thanks so much!

This makes lots of sense. I just needed to understand if a certain mix would invalidate other ferts. I will try and get a set up sorted and start mixing them.

Thanks!
 

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Yup, your plants won’t mind if the ions come out of an expensive Seachem bottle or a cheaper plastic sachet.

Yup, your plants won’t mind if the ions come out of an expensive Seachem bottle or a cheaper plastic sachet.
Thank you so much!

What other brands should I look for? I had started looking at other ferts (liquid) such as colombo, tnc and tropica but am not sure which one would be best for me to convert too. If salts would work best I would be keen to try and get this up an running.

Thanks
 

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Hi
Both TCN complete and Tropica specialised are all in one complete fertilizer that contain everything needed for plants growth .
It may be costly compared to using dry salts on larger tanks but they will do the job and you can't go wrong with them.
Regards Konstantin
 

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Hi all,
I have been using the seachem products since day one and the tank does well so am nervous in changing this up and ruining the hard work that I have put in so far. Is there a high chance in this causing a problem if I was to change over?
Yup, your plants won’t mind if the ions come out of an expensive Seachem bottle or a cheaper plastic sachet.
Exactly that, when you add a fertiliser the compound you use is soluble, because all plants, including terrestrial ones, can only <"take up nutrients as ions from solution">. If you use a "liquid fertiliser" all it means is that the manufacturer has already <"added the compound to the water">.
Both TCN complete and Tropica specialised are all in one complete fertilizer that contain everything needed for plants growth .
If you don't fancy making up a DIY mix? Then either <"of those would do">. Because it is a large aquarium (~300 litres + sump volume?) the <"saving from using dry salts"> is quite considerable.

cheers Darrel
 

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Whilst I agree with everything said above it's worth mentioning 2Hr Aquarist APT 3 complete as well if you don't want to make up your own. I use it because whilst it's quite expensive particularly compared to making your own it's hassle free and having come from reefing I appreciate that.
 
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