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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-12-2005, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Can you please help?

sorry for the repost. i just thought this area is more appropriate

Here is my tank spec.

2.5 months old tank. Planted with mosses, golosso (needs more light), riccia, stem plants, etc.
Temp: 27c (80.6F)
Light: almost 2w per Gallon
Kh: 160 ppm (8.94dh) If i am right. (169/17.9=8.94)
No3: <0.5 ppm (my test chart starts at 0.5, but the color of the test results shows a lot less intensity of the 0.5 color)
No2: 0.3 the same goes as per the above
Ammonia 0
Fe (chelated) almost 0
Fe (free iron): 0
I have been dosing fert. That contains trace elements once or twice a week
Po4: almost 0.

My tank has furry black algae on some of the substrate and hair algae (dark green kind of bushy on plants).

Can you please give me ur comments on how to improve things.

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-12-2005, 02:42 PM
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You better read up on macro ferts, your basically dosing the plants vitamins but not not feeding them their food, NPK nitrogen phosphate and potassium are the main ferts needed, the food, then the micros which you are dosing. Personally Id shoot for arouind 5 or better Nitrate and a ratio of 10 to 1 nitrate to phosphate which would mean .5 phosphate if your nitrates are 5.
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