Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Garden City, KS
ARRRRRGH!! I need guidance about the whole EI thing..
Look, I know it's been asked before, and I know I'm dumb, but please help me. I've tried searching these forums all day and night long, and it's making my head spin. I can't take it anymore. The chuck's calculator thing says certain ppm's are sufficient and other people say it's not enough. Certain people say the amount of dry ferts recommended in certain threads is the amount that's added all week long, and some people say it's each time you dose. I just can't figure it out, and I feel dumb.
My whole reasoning for going EI is so that I won't have to test the water. So I just want someone to tell me the amount I should add of each of my dry ferts, every time I dose. And not only that, but I was hoping someone could help me determine the amounts in grams, because I have a scale that accurately measures down to 2mg increments. 64ths of a teaspoon mean nothing to me.
So I have all the usual dry ferts: KNO3, KH2PO4, K2SO4, and CSM+B. This is a ten gallon tank that I just added pressurized CO2 to, so I haven't gotten the drop checker to go fully green yet, as I'm still experimenting with finding the right flow rate. Right now it's at about 1 bubble per second. So far by using that confounded chuck's calculator, I've decided that my every-other-day regimen will be as follows, but I don't know if it's correct. Will someone tell me if this is a correct regimen?
0.31g KNO3, 0.06g KH2PO4, 1.7g K2SO4 ===> All together, Days 1,3,5
~3g CSM+B, ~half capful of Flourish Iron ===> All together, Days 2,4,6
Water change and mowing of the lawn ===> Day 7
20 Goto 10
Am I undershooting things here?