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post #31 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 11:49 PM
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U may not even need k2s04 if u dose gh booster, and ur potassium levels in ur tap water are significant
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post #32 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 12:18 AM
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I do not dose for GH, my levels are already high for that and for KH as I am in a very hard water area. Potassium level is usually around 5 per my calibrated test kit, but that is the reading I am getting from my previous fert dosing of KNO3 and KH2P04.
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Whoops....that is my phosphate that is 5. I don't know my potassium reading.
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U may not need it. Try not dosing and see if u get a deficiency
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post #35 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-11-2013, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Quick update and advice request.

EDIT: String algae, not hair
Today I noticed the beginning of string algae on some moss and one of plants. I have been dosing to EI up till now.

I raised CO2 when I started EI dosing - 2.5bps to 4bps.

My instinct made me raise the light 2" higher to reduce PAR till I figure out what's going on. In the past this did away with the hair algae and it didn't come back.

Any advice on how to proceed? Raise CO2? Reduce EI?

Last edited by sundragon; 01-11-2013 at 10:03 PM. Reason: miswrote the type of algae
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post #36 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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Just an update:

Wow... Just wow...

The switch from PPI to EI has made the plants grow quite a bit faster and fuller, there is a lot more pearling of O2 to the point it streams to the surface. Things are finally turning redder - Still haven't mastered that yet

I had a couple of friends who don't own aquaria tell me the tank looks so much more lush than it's ever looked. They asked me what I did.

The switch to EI wasn't without bumps. There was a moment I had spot algae and string algae reappear after they hadn't appeared in months. A slight adjustment to light and CO2 did away with both. I've watched small patches of BBA melt away.

Thanks for your advice. I'm staring at the tank as I write this, it's never looks so good.
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