Dosing/water parameters question
Saw a few threads that addressed similar questions to mine, but didn't really fit, so...
I have had my first planted tank, a 75 gal with 216w of T5 lighting, running for a month and a half, and have decided to start dosing ferts. My water parameters are:
GH: 5 degrees
KH: 3 degrees
PH: 6.4 degrees
I live in NYC, where the water is quite soft, and there is some driftwood in the tank that could be lowering the PH. My substrate is Florabase and Eco-complete, which I think could be acting as a buffer. Not totally sure.
I have been dosing Excel daily, and will be moving to pressurized CO2, but not for a couple of months. I wanted to use EI dosing, as I am fine with water changes every week. Here is the dosing regimen I devised:
Sunday: 50% water change, 1 tsp Seachem Equilibrium, Excel (overdose)
Monday: +/- 3/4 tsp KN03, Excel
Tuesday: +/- 3/16 tsp KH2P04, 15ml Flourish Comprehensive, Excel
Wednesday: +/- 3/4 tsp KN03, Excel
Thursday: +/- 3/16 tsp KH2P04, 15ml Flourish Comprehensive, Excel
Friday: +/- 3/4 tsp KN03, Excel
Saturday: +/- 3/16 tsp KH2P04, 15ml Flourish Comprehensive, Excel
Due to only dosing Excel for carbon, should I adjust this regimen? Also, do my water parameters dictate any changes? I have a feeling that my water might be too soft.
Any comments or corrections would be appreciated. I'm still learning, so I apologize if I'm a bit thick about this stuff. Thanks in advance!