I would really like to thank everybody for their helping me understand these things. The replies, in conjunction to re-reading other posts I previously was confused on, I feel like I have a much better understanding of the world of water supplements.
If anybody has time to give my initial dosing plan a quick once over for any glaring issues, I would appreciate it. Dosing is planned once per week, with a water change every 2 weeks. Traces and Macros will not be dosed on the same day.
For Traces, I am going to use 1/4 tsp of Miller Micro and 1/8 tsp of Iron Chelate 10% DTPA mixed into 90 ml of water, and dose 5 ml per 10 gallons into each tank. This should result in: B .01 ppm ; Co .0007 ppm; Cu .02 ppm; Fe .13 ppm; Mg .07 ppm; Mn .05 ppm; Mo .0014 ppm; Zn .02 ppm
For N & P, I am going to be dosing 1 tsp of KNO3 and 1/8 tsp KH2PO4 into 90 ml of water. Again dosing 5 ml per 10 gallons into each tank. Yield should be K 3.25 ppm; PO4 .72 ppm; NO3 4.68.
Potassium will be dose as 1/8 tsp per 10 gal, dry dosed into the tank, giving me K of 9.48 ppm, bringing the total to around 13 ppm K.
For Calcium, I will also be dosing 1/4 tsp per 10 gal, dry dosed into tank. Giving me a 4.75 ppm boost in Ca and another .67 dGh.
My thoughts behind the dosing regime are based partly on my water report (Clicky
), which I'm not entirely sure I understand.
But it seems, my Mg levels are already pretty decent, but in a bad ratio to the Calcium which I hope to amend a bit via the extra Ca. But not enough to really impact dGh, as I keep Apistos and I don't want to stress them. However, I have noticed the snail shells are a bit thinner than they were in MI. My shrimp are not showing any issue molting. I figure the small boost to Ca wouldn't hurt anybody and would bring it more in line with natural ratios.
Additionally, I added a small seashell under each sponge filter to slowly dissolve, buffer my water slightly, and to work as a "salt lick" for the snails to get some CaCO3 to help their shells. I had my first serious pH crash when I set up one of my tanks and the tannins turned the tank black. It was off the charts low. Don't know if it will make much of a difference, but given that its not crushed up, nor large, I'm not worried it will hurt anything from disolving too fast or taking me too far off my tap params. Honestly, I think I'm kinding myself that it will change anything at all, but it still something I will monitor in the name of SCIENCE!!!!.
Moving forward, if I start getting any algae, my first move is going to be to pull the KH2PO4 out of the mix entirely. Looking at the water report, I appear to have a decent amount of phosphates out of the tap, so I am concerned this may cause a bloom. Haven't seen much algae to date though, and I think that its more out of balance now that it will be after the ferts, so I'll play that one by ear.
If pulling the phosphates doesn't solve the algae issues, then I will be getting some Glut. Might not be a terrible idea anyways. We will see how that goes in the coming weeks. My goal is healthy growth, not fast growth, so if I can avoid it and get what I want, then I prolly will keep it out. If I wanted fast growth, I would go CO2.
Additionally, slightly concerned about the .02 ppm of Copper going into the tanks per week with my shrimp. Depending on the uptake by the plants it could start to get near .04 ppm before the first water change and, if the plants are really slow on the draw, get into the .075-.1 ppm range after a few months, which could be a problem for them. Something to watch for.
Will also be watching the Nitrates in my tanks with higher bioloads. May pull the KNO3/KH2PO4 mix entirely on them to be replaced with a double dose of K2SO4.
Well if anybody got through all that, and has something to add or can think of something I may have overlooked, I am all ears. Again, I appreciate everybody's assistance on helping me understand all this. I really feel like I've got a fair idea of what I'm getting myself into.