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After reading the Dosing Regimin...

After reading the Dosing Regimin...

I have a HEAD ACHE!!! I haven't "dosed" my tank with anything except Flourish & Flourish Iron. I don't have CO2 (I still have to pick up some Excel), I have under 3WPG, I'd say fairly heavily planted.

What I need to know, is:

1) What are the parameters supposed to be for all of the different Chemicals you are all adding into the tank? Do you ever check them or just keep adding? (Ie KNO3, KH2PO4, K2SO4, Iron <~which I'm adding by way of Flourish Iron I believe, & Trace <~whatever that may be?)

2) How do I test for these? (I have the NO3 test kit. Do they make a test kit for each of the other Chems also?) Plus, if I have 10ppm of Nitrates, do I even need to add more?

3) What does Flourish actually add to the tank that I won't have to dose my tank with?

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Here are some target levels:

Nitrate (NO3) - 20-30 ppm
Phosphate (PO4) - 1-2 ppm
Potassium (K) - 30 ppm (note, there are no potassium test kits)

There is a phosphate test kit available though, should be common enough.

Flourish adds mostly traces and a small bit of macros too. Read the label and that will give you a better idea of what you're putting in.

The EI method removes 99% of the need for testing, but sometimes it doesn't hurt just as a sanity check.


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Thanks so much Jen!

(I know it sounded pretty stupid to ask what the Flourish was adding to my tank... LOL! I re-read it after I posted the thread...<~ Stupid me! LOL!)
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I actually had to really think about the levels Flourish was adding because I continued to use it in addition to my dry ferts (because I had bought a 2L jug, haha!) so no, not a stupid question at all.

I'll try to grab my Flourish bottle later and I'll help you figure out how to adjust the dry ferts to take Flourish dosing into account.


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WOW! Thanks Jen!

I obviously have NO CLUE about fertilizing my planted tank, but, I believe that it would benefit from it. Plus the addition of CO2 will help alot!

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Use CO2 at this light level and then what size is the tank?
From there, the only real issue will be getting the ferts from GregWatson.com
and learning how to use CO2.

Ferts are not hard, but many "make it hard".

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Sorry Tom, I always post thinking you guys know my tank! LOL!

I have a 20 Gal High tank. I use a Fluval 204, Soilmaster Select, Just about 3 WPG, I would say heavily planted, & well stocked. My NO3 goes up pretty high (well, for a fish only tank, around 15-20ppm) if I don't do the weekly water change, which is roughly 30%. I will be recieving a CO2 Reactor soon, so I will be doing a DIY CO2 system for a while till I can afford a Pressurised system. I want o find some Champain Yeast, as I've read it works the best. I believe I missed some the Rex had for sale a little while ago, that you can reuse the "sludge" on the bottom. That sounds like a good product, if it does work the way he says! Plus, I should probably get some CO2 Tubing from him also. So, I really should PM him, but, I'll wait till after Thanksgiving... I know how Hecktic things get around this time of year.

Seems the only plant I'm really having trouble growing is the Tonina, which I LOVE this plant! Everything else is growing well. I have to trim once every other week, sometimes seems to have to be done sooner too!

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