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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-07-2013, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Dosing tips?

Any tips or things I can improve on?
Both tanks have algae, the ten only has some staghorn (on anubias and some of the dwarf hairgrass)
The 55gallon only has BBA (Been fighting this in this tank for many months, dont know how to get rid of it)
All plants are growing very well.

55 gallon dosing schedule:Recommended dose of Iron and Potassium (Both flourish)
and CO2 constant

10 gallon:
A little more that recommended twice a week (after atwer changes--30% wednesdays and 60-70% saturdays)
constant CO2

Both tanks have strong lighting and are on an 8 hour photoperiod.
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What do you mean by strong? It can be too much. Also what's your plant load and what do you mean when you say recommended (in regards to ferts)? Are you basing this off of EI?
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I'm using the doses off the bottle.
lighting on the 55g is coralife t5 colormax and a Deep Blue T5 10000K Daylight bulb.

10g is 1 deepblue 10kk daylight bulb, and a screw in 5100k 10W eclipse bulb (added because the other light wast covering the whole tank)

Plant loads are medium (not densely planted, but more that sparse).
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Dosing tips?

if you are doing Ei you need to pack in the plants in

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-07-2013, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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What does EI mean?
55gallon flora:
Red Flame sword (1)
-Aponogeton crispus (2 bulbs)
-some HC I added from the 10g
-Italian vals (LOTS! all over the back and insanely tall. lots of little runners too)
- Radican Marble Queen sword (4)
-some DHG
-flame moss

growing HC carpet
2 anubias nana (one tiny one)
red flame sword (runner still got quite a bit of growing to do)
and 3 vals runners i moved from the 55g
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Originally Posted by holoublahee View Post
What does EI mean?
EI stands for Estimative Index.

It is a dosing regimen.

Giving your lighting (and assuming they are T5HO bulbs), you probably have enough plants and light to benefit from EI dosing.

For your CO2, are you using a drop checker (with a 4 dkH reference solution) to ensure that you are attaining levels around 30 ppm?


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I am not, but Im ordering one this weekend off ebay (unless I can pick one up at the LFS or soemthing).
Ive noticed the staghorn algae starting to go away so ill just continue what im doing. But ill try to up the CO2 on the 55 once i get the drop checker.
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