I need someone to hold my hand and tell me whether or not I'm completely missing something here. I believe I understand EI, but I'd like to make sure before dumping things into my tank. I've read the stickies here, watched everyone talk about it, read the Tom Barr report. I understand the concept of EI and now that I am making some plans to really get serious with my tank, it's time to dose like a big kid. Hopefully I'm not as deer-in-headlights as I feel.
So, my tank:
Up for about 4 months now.
Light is currently 4 96 watt pc's... 2 6700k and 2 10,00k.
But I will be adding another 96w 50/50 and two 36w.
(yes, a lot of light -- big dreams for red plants)
CO2 is recovering from a pH controller death... around 15ppm and gradually getting back up to speed.
Substrate: Flourite, pea gravel, sand.
kH 11 degrees
gH 17 degrees
Now, I have not tested for nitrate, phosphate, etc., AKA what I'll be dosing. I need to get some accurate tests before making any moves.
So, I followed some of the examples in the EI sticky here, and created a chart based on my understanding of those instructions and examples.
Please tell me if I'm on crack. I feel kind of like a moron here, but I doubt I'm the only one who is perplexed.
Sunday, Tuesday, Thurs: 1 1/2 tsp N03 - 3/8 tsp P04 - 1/2 tsp K+
and my usual two caps each of Flourish and Flourish Iron on Monday, Wed, Fri. Sundays 50% water change.
I realize that I need to find out more about my tank water... what it is lacking, etc., before starting a regimen. But does that look like a decent starter? Like a base-dosing regimen?