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Exclamation Phosphate reading 0 dosing needed ?

So I just did my first Phosphate reading and it was 0 ,Im new to this but its my understanding I should dose phosphate now to raise this level ???

GH 7
KH 4
PH 6.8
Nitrite 0
Ammonia 0
Nitrate 2.25
Phosphate 0 [and some green spot algae growing ]
75g lots of plants 19 fish
Thanks in advance for your help guys. Here is a pic nothing fancy like you guys still working on the scape.(need to fill in background & bigger driftwood)

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Ok answered my own question looks like I need to start dosing ferts to correct the phosphate & green spot algae issue , going to use PPS Pro for now until I do more research.

Was using flourish comp and potassium once and a while need to follow a tight schedule.

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You are using Aquasoil? ADA soil? If you using ADA soil and your plants are stem plant. GSA caused by too much and too long light period. Reduce that. ADA soil have nutrients for several months without adding extra fertz.
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You are using Aquasoil? ADA soil? If you using ADA soil and your plants are stem plant. GSA caused by too much and too long light period. Reduce that. ADA soil have nutrients for several months without adding extra fertz.
Im using floramax 80% mixed with flourite 20%
Lighting 4 t5 48" 6 hours with 4 bulbs on and 1 1/2 hours with 2 bulbs on total 7 1/2 hours light ,bulbs are 6500 k, also pressurized co2 on ph controller at about 35 ppm 6.8 ph

Stem plants are growing crazy but mostly stem not so much plant.

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Ideal ranges for the planted tank. Obtained from "EI light: for those less techy folks"...

EI target ranges
CO2 range 25-35 ppm
NO3 range 10-30 ppm
K+ range 10-30 ppm
PO4 range 1.0-2.0 ppm
Fe 0.2-0.5ppm or higher
GH range 1-2 degrees "extra" 17-40 ppm or higher

You have a high tech setup. Why limit your plants by one of the easiest things to eliminate? Look long and hard at the EI method. You won't be disappointed.
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Ideal ranges for the planted tank. Obtained from "EI light: for those less techy folks"...

EI target ranges
CO2 range 25-35 ppm
NO3 range 10-30 ppm
K+ range 10-30 ppm
PO4 range 1.0-2.0 ppm
Fe 0.2-0.5ppm or higher
GH range 1-2 degrees "extra" 17-40 ppm or higher

You have a high tech setup. Why limit your plants by one of the easiest things to eliminate? Look long and hard at the EI method. You won't be disappointed.
I plan on doing the EI method but first I need to purchase a ro machine and set up storage and a pump for the 50% water changes .
Right now I'm doing 25% water change from the local ro machine at the grocery store. No tap water SO Ca. Water is terrable.

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Ideal ranges for the planted tank. Obtained from "EI light: for those less techy folks"...

EI target ranges
CO2 range 25-35 ppm
NO3 range 10-30 ppm
K+ range 10-30 ppm
PO4 range 1.0-2.0 ppm
Fe 0.2-0.5ppm or higher
GH range 1-2 degrees "extra" 17-40 ppm or higher

You have a high tech setup. Why limit your plants by one of the easiest things to eliminate? Look long and hard at the EI method. You won't be disappointed.
I plan on doing the EI method but first I need to purchase a ro machine and set up storage and a pump for the 50% water changes .
Right now I'm doing 25% water change from the local ro machine at the grocery store. No tap water SO Ca. Water is terrable.
When I started this hobby had no idea it would get this involved. Or I would of delayed and studied more first.

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What is terrible about the tap water? If you can drink the water it should be acceptable for the plants and fish. If it is extremely hard, it might be desirable to mix it 50-50 with distilled or RO/DI water.

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