Haven't seen much activity here so thought to post my tank parameters today.
Sometimes this creates much enjoyable controversy.
So today I opted to test my large soil capped tank for everything.
GH = 5, KH = 3.5, Ca = 20ppm, NO2 = 0
It's been almost a year to get KH from 6 to 3.5
Minimal WC's and top off with RODI
NH3 = .25 as it almost always does.
Not sure how to speak to this, once in a great while it is zero.
Almost 2 weeks ago the corner foam was replaced with a previously cleaned piece.
Tank has never been cycled and foam is bleach & H2O2 treated every time it is removed.
NO3 < 10ppm & PO4 = .75ppm , TDS = 119
After a 1.5x dose of EI macros TDS was @ 131 several hours after dose.
4th macro dose in the last 8 days.
TDS did not warrant a WC so as usual skipped, but topped off.
Micros with Fe being an indicator measured .3ppm today.
Every 3-4 days I dose .3ppm based on the Fe.
Wait two days for a micro dose IMO.
Having two mixes of micros that I never correctly labeled it's a crap shoot.
One is modified CSM+B and the other a complete home brew version.
The quart bottles are getting low so new mixes very soon, hoping I saved the recipe in my Excel sheet.
Phish are still doing very well.
12 Corys, 8 rasboras, and 2 lonely flame tetras.
I only feed every other day or so, alternating between high end pelleted sinking food, filthy frozen cubes, and an occasional sprinkle of flakes.
Sometimes the treat of smashing the snails on the glass with a plastic button.
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Growing is not that difficult.