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EI on a 75 gallon

Okay, I have just received my first dry ferts from GregWatson.com. I am now trying to figure out how I should dose my 75 gallon and 10 gallon tanks. I can figure the other tanks out, based on those 2. Does anyone have any idea? I bought CSM+B, KNO3, K2SO4, and KH2PO4.
Would it be something like this for my 75 gallon? (3.6 WPG):
1tsp KNO3 - 3x per week
1tsp K2SO4 - after water changes
1/4tsp KH2PO4 - 3x per week
20mls CSM+B - 3x per week

And this for my 10 gal?:
1/8tsp KNO3
1/8tsp K2SO4
1/16tsp KH2PO4
3mls CSM+B

Anyone wise in the ways of EI could help me out a ton here as I make my switch from liquid ferts to dry ferts.
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I had a fully planted 75 gal with 330w of light, I reduced it to 220 and felt this produced a good/better set up if you don't do split times.

I added with a decent fish load:

KNO3: 1/2-3/4 teaspoon 3x a week
KH2PO4, 1/8th or a tad less 3x a week.
15mls of traces, 3x a week. I prefer Flourish over CMS.
Crank the CO2.
1/2-3/4 teaspoon of K2SO4 after water change

For the 10,
1/8th KNO3-2-3x a week
1/8 of the K2SO4 after water change
3mls of trace 2-3x a week
Smidge of KH2PO4(1/2 a rice grain or less) 3x a week.

CO2 and doing a water change is all you'll need to really focus on from here.

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Awesome, got it. Thanks again, Plantbrain!!!
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No mention of Fe here ? hmmm...
I do about the same levels as you mentioned above Tom but I also add 6ml of Flourish Iron 2x/wk. Oversight or do you feel iron isnt necessary ? I just ran out of my Flourish and need to mix a batch of chelated I got from gregg...this ought to be interesting.
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I never read Tom recommending separate iron supplement anywhere. He believes if you need more Fe, you need more of other traces as well, so just up the dosage of Flourish or whatever trace you use.


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No mention of Fe here ? hmmm...
I do about the same levels as you mentioned above Tom but I also add 6ml of Flourish Iron 2x/wk. Oversight or do you feel iron isnt necessary ? I just ran out of my Flourish and need to mix a batch of chelated I got from gregg...this ought to be interesting.

See "trace" added 3x a week.
This is just trace, not Flourish trace, adding just plain old Flourish or any broad trace element mix.

TE are generic for Flourish, TMG, Sera, Kent, CMS etc........

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I never read Tom recommending separate iron supplement anywhere. He believes if you need more Fe, you need more of other traces as well, so just up the dosage of Flourish or whatever trace you use.
well, any extra Mn, Zn, Cu ain;t going to hurt even if you had more etc and it makes it simpler and adds few things/variables to the mix.

Soem claim it makes a difference to add a spike of Fe 1-2x a week on top of an already heavy dosing, I think 15mls of Flourish 3x a week is plenty of Fe.

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I suppose the GH/KH are good?
You can top off the water changes with a 1/2 teaspoon of NMgSO4 if you wish or use SeaChem EQ.

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