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GWAPA – Fertilizers 101 by Jeff Ucciardo

August 25th, 2008

Jeff Ucciardo gave a wonderful overview of fertilizers at GWAPA‘s August meeting this month. Jeff is a former tank-of-the-month winner on Aquatic Plant Central and is known within the club as having one of the most algae-free and well maintained set of planted aquariums in the club. Much of this is due to his grasp of how to use fertilizers to maintain the proper balance of nutrients in the aquarium. He put together a fantastic presentation, going over Estimative Index (EI) and Perpetual Preservation System (PPS) methods of dosing. Then, he described how he does something in-between those two methodologies while using an auto-doser to maintain consistency.
Ferts 101

We also had another huge auction this month. I came away with the biggest anubias I have ever seen. This monster plant is well over 2 feet tall, and more than a foot wide. It looks like Anubias barteri in some places, but in others like a totally different species. I stuck it in the back corner of my 54G aquarium to give a little bit more height to that scape. Otherwise, I came away with Lobelia cardinalis var. ‘small form’ and some pond plants. All-in-all, another great club meeting!

3 Responses to “GWAPA – Fertilizers 101 by Jeff Ucciardo”

  1. Chris Says:

    post some pics of that anubias!

  2. guitarfish Says:

    I should have done that before I put it in the tank. Now, all you can really since are the top leaves of the plant, as the hardscape of the 54G obstructs much of the plant from view. I’ll see what I can do, however, next time I photograph that tank.

  3. Chris Says:

    Great! Thanks 😀

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