Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Overland Park, KS
Please confirm my EI dosing schedule.
I really appreciate anyone who will help me with my dosing schedule after the same questions have been asked over and over. The last time I tried to fertilize, I didn't do so well so I want to make sure I'm doing this correctly this time.
I have a 75g tank with ~30ppm CO2 (PH 6.6, KH 4), and 2.93 wpg (4x55 watt kit) with four GE 9325k bulbs. My tap water contains ~1ppm Nitrate and ~.02ppm Phosphates according to my local water district report.
Plants (will) include hairgrass, dwarf sagittarius, alternanthera reineckii, bacopa monnieri, hydrocotyle leucocephala, heteranthera zosterfolia, egeria densa, ozelot sword, red rubin sword, and amazon sword v. tropica.
Fish load (will) include 3x angelfish, 12x black neon tetra, 5-7x oto cats, and either 3x clown loach or 5x cory cats.
I am planning on following the Estimative Index because I am _really bad_ at reading test kits precisely. Are these numbers okay?
[Day 01] 50% water change + Dose 1/2tsp KNO3, 1/8tsp KH2PO4
[Day 02] Dose Traces
[Day 03] Re-dose 1/2tsp KNO3, 1/8tsp KH2PO4
[Day 04] Dose Traces
[Day 05] 1/2tsp KNO3, 1/8tsp KH2PO4
[Day 06] Dose Traces
[Day 07] Nothing dosed
As for traces, I have a bag of Plantex. I think most people make a stock solution of 1TBSP per 250ml water. How much should I be dosing on days 02, 04, 06?
Following the above, I will be adding 6.05ppm Nitrate and 1.48ppm Phosphate. After having searched the forum for estimative index, these numbers seem to be approximately what others were recommended. I also noticed that almost everyone asking questions or answering questions had a 50g tank! Odd.
As for one last question, I will ask how long I should wait before starting to fertilize after adding plants. Also, how long before turning on the CO2?
Again, thank you very much, I really appreciate the help. I think I included all the information needed.
75 gallon Angelfish tank - 3WPG - Rena XP3 - 100% Flourite - Pressurized CO2 - Reactor 1000 - SMS122 PH Controller