Thank you guys for your feedback. I will answer your queries as accurate as I could...
- As much as I would want to convert to EI Dosing, unfortunately this is not a option for me here in Singapore. I would need a license just to purchase Potassium Nitrate as the powder itself could be used as an explosive. So yeah, Seachem profits a lot from me haha!
- For my filtration, I am using Hagen Fluval 206 and a powerhead. For lighting, I am using Odyssea T5 HO 39W (3 ft), 4 bulbs. That's 156W in total running 8 hours daily. Two bulbs are not just enough for my Monte Carlo.
Here's my dosing routine:
Seachem Flourish (4mg/L) - Sun
Seachem Iron (5mg/L) - Sun, Tues, Thurs, Sat
Seachem Potassium (8mg/L) - Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri
Seachem Trace (11mg/L) - Wed
Seachem Nitrogen (10mg/L) - Sun
Seachem Phosphate (15ng/L) - Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat (my tank bottoms up of phosphate easily)
As for CO2, I have not yet to measure it. I do try to maintain a lime green color on my drop checker though. I inject CO2 via a cylinder tank with solenoid via in-line atomic diffuser.
- yes, I will drop-by the LFS later to get a CO2 test kit. As I mentioned above, 2 bulbs of T5 HO (39W) is not really enough and you are correct that it is about 50 PAR in my aquarium. I need to run 100 PAR in order for the Monte Carlo to grow.