Have given this some thought, and decided it’s best to keep this as simple as possible. Now “simple” is a relative phrase. After testing some ways to have folks enter their own information, seemed like it was more trouble than it was worth.
So here are the basics. There are going to be two ways to get the data to me.
But before we get to that. Here are some guidelines.
1. Dosing is to be entered as WEEKLY ppm. If you don’t know what that means, learn to use the Rotalabutterly or Zorfox planted tank calculators. You will be glad you did in the long run.
2. All ppm’s will be based (for now!) on standard EI dosing with 50% water change. If your water change percentage is different, let me know and I will calculate it for you.
3. For Ca & Mg, include your dosing plus whatever is in your source water. Trying to compare relative total ppm’s. If you don’t know your Ca & Mg…….you should!
4. All ratios are automatically calculated, no need to enter anything for those.
The preferred method would be to fill out the spreadsheet that many of us are already using.
It is available here:
There are two versions of the Tank Parameters work sheet. V3.0 is entered as standard EI dosing. It is the one most folks are using. V3.5 is entered as “target dosing”. If you don’t know what that is, use V3.0. The V3.5 worksheet will also calculate to 50% WC EI dosing, and 70% WC EI dosing. Again, if you don’t know what that means, use V3.0 and you will be fine.
If you don’t already track the items on the spreadsheet, once again you should. Whenever I change mine, I take a screen shot, then save it and date it. That way I have a record of all of my dosing levels over time. I actually have even much more detailed spreadsheets, but that is because I am nuts about tracking every single detail.
Once you fill out the spread sheet, post it here, preferably with a full tank shot. The easiest way is to take a screen shot, crop it in Paint, then save it as a JPEG. I think that will help folks who aren’t as familiar with everyone here. And a picture provides a quick reference for what type of tank you are keeping, along with the general mix of plants.
I will keep a master version of the spreadsheet, and will enter the information and post it. Sharing it seemed like too many cooks in the kitchen, and subject to unintended errors.
You can download the spreadsheet at the same link, and use it how ever you would like. But it can’t be uploaded back to the Google Drive, and the version on the site can only be edited by me.
So for instance, here is how I would post my information.
Now this is preferred, but if this doesn’t work for you, you can always just PM (private message) me with your numbers, and I will enter them in.
So no idea how this will go, or how many will participate. The idea is that by sharing our dosing, it’s a good way to compare methods, and who knows, maybe spot some trends, or ratios that are worth keeping an eye on.
And still open to suggestions, we'll just let it get started and see where it goes.
P.S. I was going to include a comments section, but the spreadsheet would just be too large. So if you have comments on changes you have made, like some success.....or failure.....just include them along with your posting.