Originally Posted by Higher Thinking
I understand all that and algae is not my concern at all but rather potential harm from too high of nitrate with my fish. I just don't know if I could be mis-dosing for some reason, I.e. lack of gh booster or because I may not have enough water to be dosing at the regiment I currently am
So how much is harmful? What effects would you expect to see?
What would you test to answer these questions? Should we use fish waste and the end product of that process to determine these ranges or should be use KNO3?
Sadly, few can answer this question, but I've yet to hear of a single documented case where a hobbyists has killed their livestock with KNO3.
CO2, dang near weekly.
Where is the real risk?
Can folks measure CO2 accurate and precisely to say under +/-1ppm?
EI is the least of the issues.
Dosing is relatively easy, boring even.......
If you make any mistakes, do a water change and dose thereafter, factory reset. Simple, any and every aquarist is very familiar with a simple water change.
In general, just watch the plants, adjust the CO2 Very slow and in small amounts and watch and observe the plants, provide good current etc.
Many start off with too much light, poor circulation.
This kills many many many fish in this hobby.
They gas them with CO2 and poorly manage that, and then do not add enough O2 even for a non CO2 enriched aquarium.
I have no issue with test kits if they are used correctly, they can be useful tools, but few want to use them all the time and really trust the ppm's anyway. I did not get into the hobby to run NO3 test.
Water changes I can rationalize a lot more and it allows me to get in and work on the tank, clean things etc.