The thread itself, we agree it is information sharing and meant to help others.
The trap is thinking "oh look at his tank and those health pretty plants, If I dose the same in my tank I will get the same results".
Your balance works for you, few tanks are eating 3 - 5ppm NO3 per day, so following your dosing it will be quite difficult to duplicate for most other tanks especially those with much less plant density.
Yes I'm aware now that rotala aren't in the "hungry" stem category which I thought they were, but the issue is I'm fighting to get "easy plants" to grow, my crypts anubias everything in my tank grows except Wisteria, water sprite and my Amazon sword (I have to cut half off every 2 weeks because the leaves turn transparent with holes) , which is confusing me because I thought those 3 plants (especially the water sprite/Wisteria) would grow like crazy which they don't (maybe it's because I have fish that eat it
I was dosing 0.2 ppm fe but I realize after @Maryland Guppy
pointed out that my dosing of fe was to high as well as my dosing of K (was dosing 17.31 ppm) that's way too much for my tank which as you stated isn't "hungry nor anywhere near what others are using) as i know c02 makes a huge difference in plants and nutrient uptake.
I will say this though, before I added more fish my NO3 before dosing was about 5 I dosed 10 ppm NO3 which put my nitrate up to 15 at the end of the week it was back down to 5, don't know if that's common in a low tech tank though.
I don't have any other algae in the tank besides this nightmare called hair algae
, I've modified my filters, light, everything you can think of doing to get rid of the hair algae and nothing works so hopelly by cutting the ferts back it will (knock on wood)
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