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NH4 ppm: < 0.5, 0, < 0.5, < 0.5, < 0.5, 0, 0, 0, 0, < 0.5, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
NO3 ppm: 5, < 5, < 1, 5, 1, 1, 0, 2, 1, 5, 1, 1, 1, 5, 5, 5, 1, 3, 2, < 1, 2, 2
PO4 ppm: < 0.2, 0.2, < 0.2, < 0.2, 0.2, 0.2, < 0.2, 0.2, 0, < 0.2, 0.2, < 0.2, < 0.2, < 0.2, < 0.2, < 0.2, < 0.2, < 0.2, < 0.2, < 0.2, < 0.2, 0.5, < 0.2
These are published results of Amano aquariums water tests.
Thank you Edward, I'm reading one of his books right now, and find everything references his own fertilizer lines "brighty k," I'll need to Google the contents of these to better understand what he was dosing.
...You should be dosing a micro fertilizer.
My real reason for asking is more related to needing to reduce my nitrates in my tank, and I want to reduce my nitrate dosing to help accomplish that. As it is, my fish produce more nitrate than my plants can consume
If you are not dosing a good micro fertilizer you might have a micro deficiency which would slow or stop plant growth leading to high nitrate levels.
Potassium chloride seems like a bad idea unless I like regularly using chlorine remover when dosing.
Cl by itself or Chloramine are dangerous but the salts of Chlorine like sodium chloride and Potassium Chloride are not dangerous to plants or fish. Chlorine remover will not affect sodium or potassium chloride. Chlorine removers don't actually remove chlorine. They just convert free chlorine or Chloramine to a safe chloride salt that stays in the water.
Oh dear, you've jumped to some conclusions, but I certainly helped you do so.
I DID (and admittedly have, previously) forget to familiarize myself with what was in Equilibrium before making my post, leading to my mistake in poorly communicating my fertilizing regimen. I do in fact, use a comprehensive micro mix (CSM+B) and I'm aware it has some shortcomings, as do the micro sources (or lack thereof) in Equilibrium. However my original question was aimed at "how could I get enough K without dosing any/very little KNO3?"
Which your post offered a solution to (basically dose more Equilibrium). For which I'm thankful. I'm not experiencing problems with my tank aside for high nitrate levels which are managed by my 50% weekly WC schedule. But I thought I'd ask, partly out of curiosity, and so that I might experiment with a nutrient calculator to see what those changes might look like.
Sorry for miscommunicating. But I'm not struggling to manage micros in my tank at the moment. I'm just wondering how people provide K when KNO3 isn't used. I'm sure it's possible that my nitrate use is being limited by micros, but I dose small amounts regularly, and the only micro I'm probably struggling with is iron, since my pH is over 7. However, the only fix I have for that right now is dosing small amounts regularly, since I'm out of cash to spend on a bag of iron. (Chelated, or whichever does better in higher pH).
Lastly, I know potassium chloride won't harm my plants, but I assume, just like other salts we dose, the potassium separates from the chlorine when dissolved into the water. I have no idea what the chlorine recombines with, leading me to suggest a chlorine remover, due to my lack of knowing enough chemistry in the matter.