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Dosing Iron with EI method necessary?

Do I get enough Iron from CSM+B dosing? Or should I continue dosing it?

I am currently using Iron Chelate. How much should I be dosing now that I am doing a lot more traces than usual from CSM+B (assuming the answer to the above is "yes, continue dosing it")? If answering this, in terms of how many teaspoons mixed in a certain quantity of water, and how many ml's to dose 3x per week is what I am looking for.

And since EI people are probably reading this, I also need to know how essential it is to dose on Day 7. Is it good to take a one day breather from dosing, or is it better to go ahead and do that 4th PO4 and NO3 dosing for the week?

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CMS has lots of Fe.
Dose 5mkls per 20-25 gal worth of tank 2-3x a week.
I do not dose traces on the 7th day(macro's I might).

2 table spoons in 500 mls of H2O of CMS+B is the mix.

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you sure it is 2TB/500ml water of Plantex? Greg Watson's mix says 1TB per 1/2L (500ml). I currently made my mix like that, so I would actually need 10ml/20-25g's, correct?

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While this seems strange, that will work also, I've used the 2 tblsp 500mls for my own.

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Make sure to check your units. Personally, I keep screwing up teaspoons and tablespoons.

Because I had a 250 ml dark medicine bottle and because I wanted to dose smaller quantities (mix lasts longer and takes (slightly) less time to add 2 capfuls versus 4), I went with 1 teaspoon per 250 ml. I have been adding 10 ml every other day to my 46g for several months now and have been happy with the results.

I, too, had wondered about additional Fe. I stopped adding it and haven't noticed any problems. As to dosing on the 7th day, as per suggestions from many others on this forum, I don't.

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