Excessive Nutrients and GW - The Planted Tank Forum
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I am working on a battle with GW and am looking forward on how to prevent it in the future.

I am keenly aware of all of the potential issues (i.e. lighting, high stocking levels, low plant levels, over dosing ferts...).

Is there a particular excessive nutrient that seems to cause GW? I know that it could be any combination of things, but if I am going to eliminate the need for any GW treatments in the future, I would like to figure this out ASAP.

The only solution I have at this point is to monitor my NO3, PO4 and the stem plants to determine what is missing (based on the tests and appearance of quickly-reacting hygros). So, in the beginning (assuming I have just done a massive water change and have removed the GW issue) instead of dosing for a potential lack of nutrients, should I be treating the symptoms only as they appear (K, Micro, Iron deficiencies)?

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