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HC carpet dosing info

Gonna dry start a HC carpet in a fluval edge 6g and was wondering if I can get away with just dosing Seachem's comprehensive once filled rather than dry ferts using EI method...?

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I believe there is not adequate amounts of nutrients (%wise) in the SeaChem Comprehensive range.

EI dosing is better for a planted tank - unless you've barely got any plants?

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Gonna be HC carpet only

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I'm in the same boat.. i put in a bunch of root tabs.. (havent flooded it yet)..

But am wondering what i should does for ferts once flooded.. It will be a fancy shrimp tank (OEBTs maybe..) so i dont want to go to crazy with ferts and water changes.. shrimp do like consistency!


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I'd go EI. I've been using flourish and it sucks. I've had terrible growth. I've had my tank and for 3 months and after switching to EI a bit over a week ago HC has been shooting runners out everywhere.

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EI it is! Thanks for the input... Nilocg has some nice liquid ferts I found for $24 which doses for full EI levels with 1 pump of each bottle per 10 gallons 3x per week.
For lower light/lower tech tanks dosing at 1 pump per 20 gallons 3x per week. 41 week 500ml bottles. Figured since its only a 6g setup id go that route for the convenience factor and not having to worry about desolving dry ferts before dosing. Should be dry starting next week =)

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Does dosing EI cause issues for a shrimp tank? I know shrimp like consistent parameters and EI seems like it would swing it frequently


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Does dosing EI cause issues for a shrimp tank? I know shrimp like consistent parameters and EI seems like it would swing it frequently
I believe many on this forum use EI with shrimp without any problems... Someone correct me if im wrong.

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