Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Clear Lake, Texas
Am I On The Right Track??
I have a 72g bowfront, medium planted, running pressure C02, two 54w T5 lights at 9 hours a day. Has been setup for 4 weeks and I just installed the C02 yesterday. KH was 8 and my ph was 7.8.
I'm just starting dosing and am using the following I found on the internet as a starting point..
60 – 80 Gallon Aquariums
+/- 3/4 tsp KN03 3x a week
+/- ¼ tsp KH2P04 3x a week
+/- ¼ tsp (20ml) Trace Elements 3x a week
50% weekly water change
Easy enough so it seems for this old retired NASA engineer.. I wanted to make a solution for 4 weeks so I did this..
KN03 Target 20ppm Per Week
3/4 tsp 3x week = 2 1/4 tsp week x 4 weeks = 9 tsp = 3 Tablespoons = 12 doses
Mixed in 180ml distilled water Chucks Calculator shows .4ppm per 1 ml x15ml dose = 6ppm dose x 3 = 18ppm a week... Great..
1/4 tsp 3x week
2 Tablespoons in 500 ml and dose at 10ml 3x week
KH2P04 Target 1ppm per week
1/4 tsp 3x week = 3/4 tsp a week x 4 weeks = 3 tsp = 1 Tablespoon = 12 doses
Mixed in 180ml distilled water Chucks Calculator shows .2ppm per 1 ml x15ml dose = 3ppm dose x 3 = 9ppm a week
Note: This just doesn't work out with Chucks calculator.. but all the sites recommend 1/4 tsp three times a week. Sure looks like that is way over the recommended dose or I'm missing something.
Could I get a little help here, I sure would appreciate it. I really have the goal of a great planted aquarium to enjoy and work with in my retirement years.
If it doesn't work, read the instructions. If it still doesn't work, follow them!