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ZLogic 11-29-2012 05:25 AM

dosing low tech tanks?
 
Most of the info I've found about creating a dosing schedule revolves around the EI method. The EI method, I've read, relies on regular water changes and co2. I'm only running 1.7 and 2 wpg T8 over a 40B and a 50 respectively. Can anybody point me to information on setting up a dosing regime to accomodate a low light, no co2 tank?

ced281 11-29-2012 09:36 AM

I'm not a pro at this by any means, but from all the research I've done I don't think fert dosing is necessary for a low maintenance tank (kinda defeats the purpose of keeping it low maintenance). From what I've read and learned, water changes should be enough to refresh many of the micro nutrients.

Monster Fish 11-29-2012 11:49 AM

Depends on your plants. You could probably get away with just root tabs if you have only crypts and/or swords. If you have other types of plants, try googling PPS-Pro and see if it works for you.

roadmaster 11-29-2012 01:15 PM

Might google .."Tom Barr's NON CO2 method"
It work's well for low tech tank's, and adding a little fertilizer once a week or two, is no more difficult than feeding the fish.

Diana 11-29-2012 07:10 PM

If you want to start with the EI method, but for low light, I would start by cutting the recipe in half, and you might decide to go with even less.

If you have a good substrate with reasonable CEC it will soak up a certain amount of the excess fertilizer and hold it in reserve.

BruceF 11-29-2012 07:16 PM

I would think a little Seachem Envy and a little Seachem Propel maybe two or three times a week. I might add a little KCL along the way. You can get that at the Safeway. It is a salt substitute. You probably don’t need to add N or P.


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