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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-22-2010, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help me unserstand how to dose iron for my 20L

Ok so I have a 20 gallon long tank (just upgraded yippee!) and a couple red plants that have the potential (and I want) to be REALLY red.
I have a Coralife 30inch T5HO and a live stock of cherries and threadfins.

Right now I have and am dosing Flourish Iron about 1ml about 2-3 times a week. I haven't found an iron test kit locally yet and am really afraid of overdosing to adverse effects on my livestock.

I also use the standard EI dosing regime. Except that I no longer dose the CSM + B (I've linked some early shrimp death in my tank to it. I think there is too much copper trace in it for the shrimp to handle).

If anyone can give me some advice on safely dosing my iron I would SUPER appreciate it lol.
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You won't OD with Seachem Iron unless you seriously overdo it. The stuff is mostly water.
As for CSM+B, yes it has some copper in it. Many, many people with shrimp use it and don't lose shrimp because of it.

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What does this have to do with growing plants?
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I dose 1ml Seachem Iron every other day and soon I will be doing it everyday, in my 10g. Plus any other minimal amount in Comprehensive.

So you need more, 2ml minimum.
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