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Old 06-25-2013, 03:30 AM   #106
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I have read many post that when people do EI dosing they are dosing excess nutrients. Thus they do weekly water changes.

I dose minimum for I only do water changes monthly. For doing a version of El Natural set up. For I want a low maintenance tank.
Gotcha. I'm still doing weekly water changes in an attempt to get rid of the algae completely....if that's possible, and with my new UV sterilizer hopefully tht will help too! But in the meantime I will try to figure out a balance for dosing. So kinda works out for me
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:37 AM   #107
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It's a 20gal. I dosed a 1/4 tsp last night and my nitrates are still the same. I'll wait tonight and dose a 1/2 tsp tomorrow, which is what the graph gave me, but I just wanted to be safe. And I already dose Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium and trace elements. I also dose an API product which has iron and potassium sulfate. It was the only iron product I could get at my LFS....very slim pickings. As far as Co2 goes, my DIY makes 1/2 bubble per second at a surprisingly steady pace.
I appreciate you helping me out though! We will see how this goes I guess...

Oh and why low doses? I do weekly water changes, and have read it's not bad to have too many nutrients in the water....but there are so many conflicting arguments out there! Just curious what your reasoning is
Using only one macronutrient or too high a level of macronutrients/micronutrients is an invitation to all kinds of algae to start growing, given sufficient light if I'm not mistaken. If you don't have light and CO2 at the level that the amount of ferts is enough for, the extra won't be doing you any good. Most low light low tech tanks don't use additional ferts. CO2 is a little better, glad you have a good steady level. Replace it before it runs out - unstability in CO2 is also a big invitation to algae.

Low doses, because you're not high light and compressed CO2, are all that is needed for maximum plant growth even if your 20 is packed full of well-growing plants. And I'm glad to share whatever I have picked up in the last 14 months.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:17 AM   #108
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I'd like to advise u to use finer gravel as because u are having plants that grow complex root systems. The coarse gravel will damage their roots.
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It's a 20gal. I dosed a 1/4 tsp last night and my nitrates are still the same. I'll wait tonight and dose a 1/2 tsp tomorrow
Do not rely on your test kit to give you accurate results. Adding 1/4 tsp of KNO3 to 20 gallons of water will put the nitrates right around 10 ppm. Which is right where you want to be.

And yes, pick up some KH2PO4 and a trace mix like Plantex CSM+B.

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Using only one macronutrient or too high a level of macronutrients/micronutrients is an invitation to all kinds of algae to start growing, given sufficient light if I'm not mistaken. If you don't have light and CO2 at the level that the amount of ferts is enough for, the extra won't be doing you any good. Most low light low tech tanks don't use additional ferts. CO2 is a little better, glad you have a good steady level. Replace it before it runs out - unstability in CO2 is also a big invitation to algae.

Low doses, because you're not high light and compressed CO2, are all that is needed for maximum plant growth even if your 20 is packed full of well-growing plants. And I'm glad to share whatever I have picked up in the last 14 months.
Again, thank you very much! I know the risks now, and have been paying extra attention to fish health, tank parameters, and algae growth. So far no change! The plants on the other hand are actually growing and looking healthier. This could be coincidence of course....
I change one bottle every week. So one bottle will run for two weeks total and then be replenished. Works for me.
And I'm gonna try lowering the dosage a little. See what happens. 'You are a scholar and a gentleman'
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I'd like to advise u to use finer gravel as because u are having plants that grow complex root systems. The coarse gravel will damage their roots.
I have been wanting to do that actually. I wasn't planning on a planted tank when I initially set it up, and jumped into the plant aspect with a little too much excitement lol. Gonna get my 5.5 set up so the fish I hav will have a place to live while I rescape this one.
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Do not rely on your test kit to give you accurate results. Adding 1/4 tsp of KNO3 to 20 gallons of water will put the nitrates right around 10 ppm. Which is right where you want to be.

And yes, pick up some KH2PO4 and a trace mix like Plantex CSM+B.

See here http://rota.la
So you're sayin I should stick with 1/4 tsp instead of upping to a 1/2 tsp? It would coincide with what Django said about keeping low dosages I suppose. And why KH2PO4? How does it benefit the plants?

Does anyone have a link that would explain how plants utilize each fert? Or rather, the effect of the ferts on the plants directly?
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So you're sayin I should stick with 1/4 tsp instead of upping to a 1/2 tsp? It would coincide with what Django said about keeping low dosages I suppose. And why KH2PO4? How does it benefit the plants?

Does anyone have a link that would explain how plants utilize each fert? Or rather, the effect of the ferts on the plants directly?
Yes, do not trust your test kit unless youve calibrated it.

KH2PO4 is mono potassium phosphate, it gives the plants P and more K. I didnt realize you were already dosing both.

Theres no quick answer for that haha. Google macro and micro nutrients for plants and start there.
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Yes, do not trust your test kit unless youve calibrated it.

KH2PO4 is mono potassium phosphate, it gives the plants P and more K. I didnt realize you were already dosing both.

Theres no quick answer for that haha. Google macro and micro nutrients for plants and start there.
I hadn't even though of doing that. I'll look that up along with macro and micro nutrients. Thanks
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All you guys helped me out alot on this thread. I truly appreciate it. Literally had no idea what I was getting into...and now I'm hooked. In the process of doing a rebuild and figured I would share the link to the journal. Hopefully I do things better this time haha

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