Fertilizer Check. Advice needed.
I have several tanks, of various sizes, with similar water parameters (save for one).
All of them have plants in them, some more than others.
I have recently started dosing the EI method on all of the tanks, but am not sure if I am over or under or over doing it.
What I have:
Plant life: driftwood, some duckweed, a couple of smaller amazon swords (with root tabs), 15 or so stems of Bacopa (recently chopped them down quite a bit), a couple of anubius, and scattered bits of flame moss.
Inhabitants: 4 Black Tetras, 9 neon tetras, a green tiger barb, a bolivian ram, several nerites etc and two cory cats.
Equipment: Finnex Planted Plus, (2) AquaClear 50 HOB filters (soon to be replaced by an Eheim Classic 250), and a Hydor 240 circulation pump.
Substrate: Eco-complete black sand.
This tank is established and has been set up for about 2 years. I would like to keep it as low tech as I can with the lighting I have. There is no co2 and I have only just started with the dry ferts.
Doses: KNO3 .60 ml and KH2PO4 .30 ml once a week. Flourish 3 ml twice a week.
I bought some Aquavitro Propel (Fe) today and was curious about how much of that I should be dosing, I'll wait until I hear from ya'll.
Plant life: Some duck weed, a very very small amazon sword, 3 stems of bacopa, driftwood with flame moss on it, and two anubius.
I have some Dwarf Sag ordered that I was planning on adding to this tank, but may just add more anubius and/or bacopa.
Inhabitants: Just added two Kribensis today.
Equipment: (2) CFL lights 13w each (6500k), (1) AquaClear 50, (1) small Aqueon HOB.
Substrate: Aragonite mixed with white silica sand, and one large Texas Holey rock.
Doses: KNO3 .15ml and KH2PO4 .075 once a week, Flourish .5ml twice a week. Waiting on the Iron after hearing from ya'll.
This tank I just added the plants last weekend, and haven't had any in it since I filled it and cycled it in March. The fish I just added today are also the first inhabitants since setting it up etc (save for a few RCS and some snails).
Fluval Edge 6gal-
Plant life: some driftwood, Duckweed, (2) small anubius, (3) small stems of bacopa, and a whole bunch of flame moss.
Inhabitants: (1) Nerite, seemingly a million assassin snails, a colony of RCS.
Equipment: HOB that came with it, and (1) CFL 20w (I dont use the light that came with the tank).
Doses: (same as 20g long) KNO3 .15ml and KH2PO4 .075 once a week, Flourish .5ml twice a week. Waiting on the Iron after hearing from ya'll.
The 4th tank is a small Fluval Spec V that has only a couple wisteria, flame moss, and a very very small amazon sword. FloraMax. Marineland LED and a larger pump than what came with it (to increase flow). This is my experiment/snail farm tank (no fish). Not too worried about this one.
With all of that laid out there, I am curious as to whether I am going about this the right way with regards to keeping my plants nourished, and keeping the vast majority of algae away.
All comments, advice, critique welcome.