Originally Posted by Solcielo lawrencia
How is NO3 at zero? Did you shake the test bottle and the solution exactly like the instructions? If you don't shake vigorously per instructions, you'll get zero.
I shake the bottels till my hand feels like it's going to fly off. Don't know how it's 0. I do need to calibrate the test though. I'm still trying to get off the ground here to run with you guys at the hobby level, up till now I've been the goof at wallymart who takes his fish home floats the bag 15 minutes and dumps them in the tank, walleymart water and all.
Originally Posted by Solcielo lawrencia
Also, are you adding CO2? 95 watts seems like a lot of light for a 40breeder if you don't have CO2.
I really don't know if it's a low, medium, or high lighting setup for this tank, lighting like the ferts is another thing that makes my head swim when I read about it.
As for CO2 I have been dosing with excel, but do not have an injector and fankly at this poing I don't have the money for one, nor the inclination for DIY. Next on the equipment list is a better filter, the power filter I have is set to be replaced next month with a under cabnet canister filter. After that then I'll look into a CO2 injector setup, until then I'm planning on just staying with the excel.
First off the chemicals you should have on hand are KNO3, KH2PO4, K2SO4 and Plantex CSM +B. You can go with any method you want with those chemicals. They are cheap enough to stock up on everything at once since shipping is a large chunk of the purchase. You can also get additional DTPA iron (percentage is not important) although it's not critical. If your GH is low a GH booster.
I'm trying to get myself to the point where I can get the money to start using better ferts, right now I'm trying to figure out the how, what, and why I need to do for when I do get there in the next month or so. For one thing I jumped into setting this tank up to quickly, I tried to hit the ground running and (supprise
) now I'm having issues, nothing major, nothing that can't be fixed, but there it is.
You can confuse yourself by reading too much when it comes to fertilizing methods. There are more ways to dose than you can shake a stick at. When it's all said and done, all you're trying to do is provide sufficient amounts of each element plants need. Providing them in excess means they never go hungry. I prefer this approach.
I confuse myself just getting out of bed
But I get what your saying.
The easiest way to accomplish this is the EI method. No need to be exact, test water frequently, calculate plant uptakes or any of the other confusing techniques others dwell on. Here is an explanation
of non-limiting nutrients. That is all we need to do. Here is another link
that explains the amounts to dose for specific sized tanks.
First you tell me I can confuse mysel reading to much then you give me links to things I need to read, now I'm real confused LOL
thanks for the links I'm at work now, once the clients go to bed I'll give them a going over
The typical schedule you see is simply a suggested routine. Dose macro and micros everyday, do it every other day, once a week, Twice a week, alternate and blah blah blah! The truth is just dose enough each week to meet the needs of your plants. The water changes are very important to dosing non-limiting nutrients. You can change the water after 4 days one week and 8 days the next. Being exact is not important. The concept is simply to do the water changes around once a week.
I was thinking this was the case, BUT I wanted to make sure, I always tell my clients "if you don't know ask" it's a thing they get told regularly around here. I just want to feel comfortable that my erratic WC scedualing isn't going to create a hazerdous enviroment for my fish.
If you're going to be sporadic with water changes dosing something everyday is a good idea since the doses won't be large percentages of the week's supply. You can dose macros and micros on the same day or alternate the two. I've personally never had problems dosing micros and macros together.
Something to keep in mind.
In short, don't let the specifics confuse you. Just dose and change the water. A few days either way will not cause your tank to have a meltdown. Mother nature is more resilient than we give her credit for. Fertilizing is not an exact science despite the countless debates over this or that.
Thanks for taking the time to help
Zorfox has excellent advice.
Furthermore, if you are going to be sporatic, it might be easiest and least stressful to build and autodoser (plenty of info on here), or buy one, and dose your ferts in home made liquid mixes. You only need 2 mixes; macro and micro. I'd just set it to dose micros and macros every other day, and then just make sure you change the water once a week on average. The day doesn't matter. Don't over think it too much. Having an autodoser really made things easy for me.
Dosing ferts on a schedual isn't my problem it's when I do my maintance and up keep that I was concerned with. I don't mind giving my tank attention every day, like my cat or if I had a dog, giving it attention everyday is just being a good stewart of life IMHO.