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I will try to break that mindset. I wont lie, i think it's going to be tough
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Chasing parameters is easy, just change the same amount of water each week, and dose the same amount of crud into RO water once a week. Simple.

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using a calibrated mini scale to weight out each compound ensures consistency, dose this into my new, incoming water and I use pure RO water for top-offs.

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I will try to break that mindset. I wont lie, i think it's going to be tough
If you can the best automation you can do is auto water change. Get yourself a stenner dual head pump and have it trigger once a week to do your water change. I assume you own an apex? If so, it will make life easier. My apex doesn't do much on my tank anymore but trigger the auto water change, dose the fert, turn t5 on and off, and control the cor pump.
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If you can the best automation you can do is auto water change. Get yourself a stenner dual head pump and have it trigger once a week to do your water change. I assume you own an apex? If so, it will make life easier. My apex doesn't do much on my tank anymore but trigger the auto water change, dose the fert, turn t5 on and off, and control the cor pump.
I have the DOS doing 2 gallons a day (normally) i just kicked it up to 4 trying to get calcium levels down. I want a stenner dual head as im not sure how much the steppers in the DOS can take. But it's been doing 2GPD for about a year now.

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I have the DOS doing 2 gallons a day (normally) i just kicked it up to 4 trying to get calcium levels down. I want a stenner dual head as im not sure how much the steppers in the DOS can take. But it's been doing 2GPD for about a year now.
The dos should do fine on the planted as you only triggering it once a week.

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Yes, it is a completely different way of looking at nutrients as the plants soak up all the nutrients that can get.
An that makes keeping plants much easier that corals for the most part.
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ok, co2.... ive heard aim for 1 point drop in ph. then i look at rotalas c02 calculator and for my water, its not 1 pt, but more like .7. which do i go by? i really cant go by plant looks, as they all look like crap right now and im still working out my baselines.

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ok, co2.... ive heard aim for 1 point drop in ph. then i look at rotalas c02 calculator and for my water, its not 1 pt, but more like .7. which do i go by? i really cant go by plant looks, as they all look like crap right now and im still working out my baselines.
Go by drop checker.

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ok, co2.... ive heard aim for 1 point drop in ph. then i look at rotalas c02 calculator and for my water, its not 1 pt, but more like .7. which do i go by?
Rich I wouldn't base any decision on the calculator.

I entered my numbers (KH2/pH7.1) and it told me to drop to 6.30. My tank would hate me at that level.

My actual drop is to 5.75.

Like many things in this hobby, we rely on relative values more than absolute values. Over time you will find a drop that works well for plants and fish. I'd start with 1.0 drop and then go from there.


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I will try to break that mindset. I wont lie, i think it's going to be tough
Take it from someone who has been keeping reef tanks since 1985, you need to think the exact opposite of what you do for a reef tank. I use RO/DI for my make up water and water from the well for changes. If I did that in my reef, it would be a green gloppy swamp in 2 weeks. Basically, what you're doing in a planted tank is creating a visible refugium.
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