So here's the current deal. I recieved the chemicals on wednseday. that night I dosed according to Chucks calculator (I don't remember what amounts I dosed off the top of my head, but I have a journal at home I am keeping track of everything in). Anyways, I dosed KN03, K2SO4, and KH2PO4. (My friend came over and I tried to convince him I was selling cocane, but apparently he knows me too well!) The next day (thursday) I checked my levels, and P04 was a little over .5, and my nitrates were 0. So I dosed nitrates again (that I know is a little over 1/8th teaspoon). I waited about 2 hours and I checked No3 (to make sure my test kit was working correctly) and it checked out, NO3 was at 5ppm.
Well My algae is still growing. In fact it's getting thicker. I even have brown algae growing as well (I hear there's not much to do about that, just gotta wait it out). Well I checked my NO3 again this morning before I left for work. Back down to 0. So I dosed again. Waited 30 minutes and checked. Back up to 5ppm. I decided to unplug the light today, to help prevent more algae growth, and maybe hopefully keep the nitrates in the tank for one full day.
So is this going to be a daily thing, dosing Nitrates? Or is this because it's a fairly new tank, and I'm only gonna have to do it daily for the first few months, and then maybe weekly or whatever?
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