Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Paso Robles, Ca
Micros or Macros first?
So I've been dosing the EI method for a while now, just recently I moved and I bought more test kits because mine were old/expired.
Tank size 37 gallon 80par lighting on for 3 hours 1 hour off 3 hours on.
Today I checked my nitrates and they were 80+ppm Phosphates 5+ppm
My plants are just not growing it seems or very slowly. I bought a bunch of new plants only around 5 days old and nothing really happening.
During the move my rex grigs style co2 reactor broke on me. (the inlet for the co2 tube broke off and I couldn't fix it. So I'm on my back up one which is a red sea reactor. I have it on max right now and lowered my surface disturbtion from my canister, I also have a aquaclear 50, so there is still surface movement.
So I am in the process of doing a water change to lower nitrate and phosphates. Both are 0 at the start, since I'm using RO water. (just tested it)
Is it okay to dose micro (csm+b) first after a water change or do I still want macros first? Since my macros are so high right now even after a 50% water change they are still going to be in the right area 40ppm nitrate and 2ppm phosphate. Or should I just not dose anything the day after a water change?