Zorfox is definitely a better resource than myself (I am probably overdosing but it is working so I'm not gonna mess with it).
Good luck and try to battle your MTS! I have 3 and sometimes think I am in over my head with my high-tech alone. Still need to find the balance... High tech is so much harder so be prepared to get frustrated lol
I work in drug rehab..... I stay frustrated
My tank (soon tanks) are a means of relaxation
Okay. I see you want to try a non-limiting nutrient method. There's nothing wrong with that. I just wanted to show you there are other viable options. Not everyone wants to deal with dosing and water changes frequently.
Since you dose Excel you can dose 1/4 full EI twice a week and do monthly 50% water changes. You can do more water changes if your schedule permits. If you do weekly water changes you can use 1/3 of EI. In fact, with weekly water changes you can dose full EI without problems but it's simply not necessary.
Yea I've gone the low/no maintenance route, it was OK. My tank looked better that others who used plastic plants, but I knew that mine could have still done better than they were.
I don't mind doing W/C at all. My tank is a source of meditation for me, it helps me unwind from a otherwise frustrating and some times depressing job. I find a lot of serenity in not only observation, but maintaining my tank, trimming the plants.... It really is a great way for me to relax even if I'm lugging water or what have you. I just can't do it on the exact same day every week, my scheduled doesn't allow it.
I can, and was planning on getting some weekly pill cases (suggestion I read here) and measuring out a couple of weeks worth at a time, then it's just open the relevant day and dump. I feed my plants in the morning when the light is off, and my fish in the evening when it's on, that much of a daily scheduled I can keep
Flourish comprehensive is not comprehensive. It's more of a trace mix. This may have been why the plants were struggling.
Yea their labels are confusing. They also have a Trace bottle that has some stuff that is in Comprehensive and some stuff that is not. Another reason I want to go with a modified EI regime and dry ferts. It also allows me to hit the target levels more accurately and get the tank balanced out as far as ferts are concerned. I know what the nutrient calculators say, but I don't know if the worker who made my batch of Flourish which ever was having a bad day and got their measurements off to much or to little.
I agree with you about DIY CO2. My opinion is that it's more trouble than it's worth. However, others have been successful with it.
I might try it if I had a 10 gallon I didn't mind experimenting with but at this stage of my return to the hobby I just don't have it like that. I do however see a future were friends questions about the amount of tanks I have and wonder if an intervention is needed
No offense but it's not his opinion that matters. You have to put yourself in the P.O.'s shoes. An offender on probation for a drug offense with scales (for whatever reason) would raise a red flag. It's just not worth risking it without the P.O. having prior knowledge. Just because they have not been more invasive with their home visits does not mean they won't be in the future. You can always mix solutions with standard teaspoon measures.
He was suppose to call his PO today. I talked with him after your post this morning. Your right communication could save a lot of grief in the future