Originally Posted by Wö£fëñxXx
According to Bham's water quality report pdf, there is basically no iron in the water.
I use to live in Birmingham/Hoover area in the 80's till I moved to Guntersville area, me likes it here
What is your dosing regimen and your tank specs? do you have that info already listed on this site?
Oooohhh, total embarrassment
. I've been all over the BWWSB site and I *did* pull up that pdf, but just glanced at it and dismissed it as I thought it was just a .pdf copy of the report I receive in the mail; the "Annual Water Quality Report." Didn't bother looking closer at it. As for the dosing regimen, that's part of the problem as I had no idea where to start and what with. This report will help. Also, also due to a *mumble, mumble, grabbing the wrong bottle, mumble, mumble*thought it was potassium*mumble*not phosphate
I think I've got the beginnings of a GW outbreak as the tank is starting to cloud up white. I did do an emergency 75% water change when I realized my error and it looks like I'm going to do another one tomorrow. I'll not be having this. There may be a diatom filter in my future
Anyway I've only been trying to seriously dose ferts for about a couple of weeks. Testing (Lamotte's) and dosing KNO3 daily to keep nitrates around 10ppm, mostly not dosing KH2PO4 as it was staying around .5-1 (although right now it's more like 3 arrrggghhh.) Potassium confuses me. People say you can't test for it and to just dose at the same time the KNO3 is dosed to get a target level of 20ppm. I thought "That can't be right, can it?" But I did it anyway so right now I feel the tank's had an overdose of Potassium, K2SO4 as I also wasn't taking into account the potassium already in the KNO4. Dosing 2ml of CSB+B daily (1T in 500ml water with 1T Epsom Salts,) and 5ml Flourish FE every other day. But I've really only been doing it this way for about 5 days and now besides the pale leaves, and the algae I've also got some leaves starting to curl on me. I'm about ready to tear the whole thing down and start over. This is the 55 although given the depth of the substrate it's probably more like 40-45 actual volume. I think the only things that aren't in my sig is that the CO2 is on a monitor and I keep it at about 6.7, the temp runs around 78, photoperiod is 12 hours, 50% (or more *sigh*) water change weekly. It's somewhere between moderately and heavily planted. The limnophila is happy anyway.
Like they say, a "little" knowledge is a dangerous thing
<edit>My pardon. I forgot to add that my KH is kept at around 4 with the addition of baking soda (between 1-2 out of the tap.)