Ooohkay. Gulp. Here goes...
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I have it all, except the ph controller. Thought I could get by without it if I used a timer for 8 hour daytime C02 injection and night-time bubler to drive off excess C02, but was just told I should get one pronto - and I will.
I was also told to cut one bulb out of the equation so that I have 2 wpg versus 4 wpg on an 8hr cycle. So I have. The C02 runs in conjunction with the lights.
I'm really trying to go about this right, but [email protected]
, this planted tank thing is overwhelming!! The dosing and chemical thing is what really has me messed up! (Stay is school kids!)
I just set-up C02 injection yesterday, getting 1 bps. Raced home at lunch today to make certain the fish were ok. Everyone seems content.
While there, I did my water parameters. Lately I've had 0 kH, so I fed the tank a tsp of baking soda yesterday to augment my really soft west coast water. That's helped. Here's the particulars:
30 ppm HARDNESS
60 ppm HARDNESS
negligible (lost the booklet, colour is barely pink) NITRATE
So, what does all this mean?
I bought some Seachem Equilibrium
. Has anyone used this? Would this be prudent? A LFS clerk said it would raise my kH, but from what I read online, it seems related to GH. Is my GH ok?
I have dry ferts from a local hydroponics store, Greg Watson ferts I inherited, plus a bunch of seachem liquid ferts. Here's the dosing schedule I was planning. Let me know what you think.
Filtration 3-5x the volume /hr
CO2 30 ppm
KH 30/50 ppm
GH 40/120 ppm
Mg 5-10 >45 ppm
NO3 10 ppm (KNO3)
PO4 0.2/0.5 ppm (KH2PO4)
K 20-30 >50 ppm
Fe 0.1 ppm to 0.25
Sunday-----Day1) 50% H20, vacuum, prune/preen, ½ tsp baking soda to raise KH
Monday-----Day2) DRY MACRO: 1/4 Tsp-KN03, 1/16 Tsp-KH2P04,1/16 Tsp-K2S04
Tuesday----Day3) LIQUID MICRO: 5ml Trace, 2ml-Fe (Iron)
Wednesday-Day4) DRY MACRO: 1/4 Tsp-KN03, 1/16 Tsp-KH2P04,1/16 Tsp-K2S04
Thursday---Day5) LIQUID MICRO: 5ml Trace, 2ml-Fe
Friday------Day6) DRY MACRO: 1/4 Tsp-KN03, 1/16 Tsp-KH2P04,1/16 Tsp-K2S04
Saturday---Day7) LIQUID MICRO: 5ml Trace, 2ml-Fe
Then someone suggested this instead of the above:
1/2 liter water
1 tbl Plantex CSM +B
1 tbl MgSO4
2 tbl K2SO4
1 tbl KNO3
"0.5 ml of PMDD per gallon (tank size, not actual water volume) per week."
In the case of 30g, its .5ml x 30g = 15ml per week.
****Which is better - or right - for dosing my tank?
P.S. I welcome any and all
criticism, comments, opinions and advice. I love my fish, and the hobby, but sometimes I feel like I'm in over my head.