1: For light, I am thinking setting it at level 4 which would give about 70 PAR, middle reading for my tank and starting at 6 hours a day and going up 30 every other week until plants establish. Doing 4 hours peak and 1 hours each side 50%->100%.
2: For Co2, 20-30ppm
3. For dosing as of right now I am thinking NPKM tropica specialized nutrition. I am thinking 8ML a week which give 1.6ppm of nitrogen or 7ppm of nitrate. It's pretty much the ADA lean model. Is it enough? My soil is probably not as rich as amazonia aqua soil?
Tank dim: 24W 12L 14H
Light is Chihiros A-serie 601, 8000K sitting 2 inches above the tank. (See PAR reading below)
Filter is Eheim 2215, With coarse pad, Eheim bio media, Seachem purigen and fine filter floss.
Dosing Tropica specialized nutrition NPKM
Light PAR level
This is taken from another hobbyist. The data is measured at 12 inches depth, middle of the tank.
Level 1: 8.5 PAR
Level 2: 30 PAR
Level 3: 49 PAR
Level 4: 70 PAR
Level 5: 90 PAR
Level 6: 105 PAR
Level 7: 130 PAR
- Crypto hobbit
- Staurogyne repens
- Lobelia Cardinalis
- Rotala vietnam
- Hygrophila Araguaia
- Pogostemon erectus
- Alternanthera Reineckii
Will be using Seachem Flourite Substrate (Clay based soil)
once the system is up and running, start dosing NPK and micros. ei philosophy is to provide plants with as much nutrients they would ever need. i along with many others dose leaner than ei levels. i dose 9-3-15ppm/week. growth is slower and with a stem dominated scape like mine, makes maintenance (trimming) less time consuming. buy the dry salts and mix your own. cheaper and you can tailor it to your tank. use rotala butterfly or some other nutrient calculator.
I would probably have to get some K ferts. My tropica premixed has about 30% less K than nitrogen and the way I am seeing it around you should dose a bit more K? Is that right?