This will be some what of a long thread so sorry in advance
A few months ago I completely reaquascaped everything in my tank. I originally had fast growers in there witht he first set up. Everything from sunset hygro, glosso,dwarf hygro, l. aromantica, didiplis diandra,rotala indica, stargrass, japainca, r. macrandra, and A.reinecikii "roseafolia".
These plants sucked up the nutirents in the water like crazy!
My dosing regiminewas laid out like this:
1/2 tsp KNO3 3xweekly
1/8tsp KH2PO4 3xweekly
Trace and iron in between 20ml of csm+b and 4-5mlof iron
All these are GW fertz dosing dry witht he exception of the trace and iron.
With my new tank layout I have switch to a more slow pace growth with plants. I currently have weeping moss, anubias nana, nana petite, java fern, dwarf hair grass, giant hygro, r. macrandra, hemianthus micranthemoides,
downi, L. grandulosa, giant hairgrass, reinecikii "roseafolia,
dwarf hygro, and japanica.
Well, most are slow growers.
Now with this new line up I am experianceing a completely new trend with dosing nutirents. My trace and iron are pretty much the same.
I dose at water change 1/4tsp per 10 gallons, 1/2 tsp nitrate only with water change, and 1/8 tsp of phosphate only with water change. This is because my nitrate stays steady throughout the week at a good 10ppm. My phosphate ont the other hand hovers around 3-4ppm. It slighty climbs as the week goes on. I dose the high K because I am affriad of there being a lack of it since I am not dosing as before.
Should I do more water changes during the week to help bring down the phosphates? I am also battling thread/hair algae and wondering if it is beacuse of the phosphate to nitrate ratio(3-4/10). Also experiance weird brown algae growth on my glass. It has the same feature as GSA. Along with these algae I am still getting GSA! Any comments? Maybe I should vacume the grass lawn to help rid of excess food left over.