Please Review My Water Parameters/Maintenance
My 50 gallon tank is doing pretty well these days. Hardly any algae except for some spot algae on my H. callitrichoides and older Glosso growth. Plant growth is great. I just want to run my water quality/fertalizer regimen by the group to see if anything raises a red flag. I have only been taking really good care of the tank for the last 2 months or so, and I want to be proactive and catch mistakes before the do any damage. Thanks to Rex Grigg's FAQ and this board for getting me this far.
My current water change routine consists of 50% weekly changes with 100% RO/DI water and enough Equilibrium to raise the gH from 0 to 4. pH is 6.75 and I use CH2O3.Na to raise kH to1 5. I dose dry chemicals from gregwatson.com after each water change, and again midweek... KNO3 to 10 ppm, 3x the KNO3 amount of K2SO4 and KH2PO4 to 1 ppm. I add Plantex CSM+B at levels equal to KNO3. I also add 2.5 mL of Flourish Iron twice a week. Equipment stats are in my signature.
Flora consists mainly of Glosso, Riccia, Vallisneria, and various stem plants. Fish load is pretty high... 14 Rummynose, 30 Neons, (6) 2.5"SAEs and 3 Ottos. Probably 24 C. japonica.
I am mainly concerned about Mg, Ca, K and trace levels, the things that most of us can't test for. Thanks