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02-14-2013, 10:00 PM   #1
LeMoine
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# Fert Calculator Accuracy

So I used this calculator: http://calc.petalphile.com/ to determine daily EI dosing for my tank and I was wondering how accurate these are. What makes me question their accuracy is the requirement for an excessive (compared to my N and K dosing) amount of Micros and Phosphorous.
Here are its daily dosing recommendations:
N: 5ml
K: 9ml
P: 28 ml
Micro: 47ml

Keep in mind I am using Pfertz for N,K, and Micro, along with Seachem Phosphorous. The tank is approximately 34 gallons after substrate.

 02-14-2013, 11:43 PM #2 Darkblade48 Moderator     PTrader: (3/100%) Join Date: Jan 2008 Location: Toronto/Singapore Posts: 9,713 Unfortunately, giving volumes are meaningless without knowing what concentration you intend to mix up your fertilizers at. If you are looking at dry weight, EI dosing is probably much different compared to the Pfertz recommended dosage, since EI aims to have an excess of nutrients in the water column (that is reset by weekly 50% water changes) so that the plants are not nutrient deficient at any time. __________________ Anthony A Primer to Pressurized CO2 and A Primer to Planted Tanks Eheim Pimp #362 - Eheim 2213 x2, Eheim 2028, Eheim 2217, Eheim surface skimmer and Eheim autofeeder. Victor Pimp #33 - HPT272-125-350-4M
02-14-2013, 11:57 PM   #3
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by Darkblade48 Unfortunately, giving volumes are meaningless without knowing what concentration you intend to mix up your fertilizers at.
That calculator has an option for DIY or premix. If you choose premix his ferts are listed. The results for dosing are by volume. I checked it out earlier and agreed that it seemed excessively high but had no idea why.

02-15-2013, 12:14 AM   #4
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 Originally Posted by Zorfox That calculator has an option for DIY or premix. If you choose premix his ferts are listed. The results for dosing are by volume. I checked it out earlier and agreed that it seemed excessively high but had no idea why.
Got it. In any case, the volumes seem high because EI aims to have excess nutrients in the water column rather than "just enough."

In addition, the volumes will be very high because commercially available fertilizers are usually not very concentrated.
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 02-15-2013, 02:03 PM #5 LeMoine Algae Grower   PTrader: (0/0%) Join Date: Dec 2012 Location: Chicago, IL Posts: 50 Cool, I was just concerned that I was dosing too much. Looks like I will be going the dry fert route next time!

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