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Weekly or monthly ?

One of these fert list says do a 50% water change once a month. I have been doing a 20% water change per week
on a ten g tank which till lately has been overstocked for that low of a water change if not for the mass of plants
soaking up the nutrients in it. But a recent reduction of fish was off set by a reduction in plant mass due to my
periodic (don't know if this sounds familiar) habit of..."well I think I might just change a couple of the plants"...
I mean after all I already had Rotala indica before I re did the substrate right ?
In my mind(and funny thing, someone once said "you might not want to go into that neighborhood alone")
I think that 4x20% water changes are enough to accomplish sufficient dilution of the ferts in a month while
changing only 50% once a month is less than enough.
Care to point me in the correct direction on this...
I guess I need to mention that this is a very reduced rate of the EI list used once a week and ONLY intended to
insure that my plants get all the ingredients of the proper ferts but not at a rate that will speed up their growth.
ONLY looking for healthy plants. NOT looking for ANY high maintenance.
*Only one month into this BTW but this is the currant list:
After WC weekly:
KNO3 1/16th teaspoon
K2SO4 1/16th teaspoon
KH2PO4 1/64th teaspoon
one day after that 1ml Flourish Comprehensive + 3ml Tetra Pride
two days later 1ml Flourish C and 3ml Tetra Pride
1ml Excel daily
With med light...

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Check this calculator out. It might help you figure out your accumulation levels.

http://rota.la/ei/

There's nothing wrong with what you're trying to do as long as you figure out that the accumulation is in your comfort zone.
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Check this calculator out. It might help you figure out your accumulation levels.

http://rota.la/ei/

There's nothing wrong with what you're trying to do as long as you figure out that the accumulation is in your comfort zone.
I think this will help a lot. Saw it but that was before I started this schedule and forgot about it since then.
I have four bookmark titles for fish so each won't be so long because I'm just learning all this and the ferts part of it I've
just been doing for about four months total and switched to dry about 1.5 months ago. Didn't have any Macros before 1.5 months
ago. Then naturally I can complicate almost anything I try to do anyway so I'm trying to find out what it takes to cultivate only
one type of algae(don't know if it has a name but a very thin coat of green on rocks etc) and not get other kinds...yea right..but
if you believe it or not I have done it for a while now in one tank(and I'm waiting for it to explode/w hair algae at any moment)
but then why do conventional when you can do something no one else has...or would want to...

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Heh, no problem.. this is why I evernote my cool links .. just so I can answer you guys.

Your thin coat of green algae? Smells funky? I think thats BGA. Bacteria.. not algae.

See under (Blue Green) cyanobacteria: http://www.guitarfish.org/algae
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Heh, no problem.. this is why I evernote my cool links .. just so I can answer you guys.

Your thin coat of green algae? Smells funky? I think thats BGA. Bacteria.. not algae.

See under (Blue Green) cyanobacteria: http://www.guitarfish.org/algae
Appreciate it but no it's not BGA cause I have had that in my tanks before. This is a picture of it.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/im...y/pg_7266e.jpg

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oh! hm. that is a kinda nice algae to have on your rocks. I can see why you're trying to cultivate it. good luck!
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On the glass it often is spots of green. I was wondering if this was that kind as I've never heard anyone state that
with a picture to go/w it.

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