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I would like some interpretations of my tank parameters. All my test are with the api test kits.

Tank is a 55 gallon:
Temp 80-81 F
Ammo 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 20ppm
PH 7.4
Phosphate 2ppm
Calcium 40ppm
Kh 125ppm or 7 degrees
Co2 10ppm (used kh/pH chart)

I double dose excel every day.
Use flourish comp every other day.
I EI dose 3x a week minus PO4 (never seems to drop to 0 before water change)


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Looks fine to me. Water might be a bit warm, but it depends on what kind of fish you are keeping.

It is unlikely that your CO2 is at 10 ppm; the pH/kH/CO2 relationship can only be used if carbonates are the sole contributing species to carbonate hardness (which is generally not the case unless you are using a drop checker with 4 dkH reference solution made from sodium (bi)carbonate).

I am not sure why you are dosing double the amount of Excel on a daily basis, there is no need for this.

If you are dosing via the EI regimen (using CSM+B), then there is no need for the Flourish.

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Thanks for the input!!

I have German blue rams that's why I compromised with 80F temp.

The double dose of excel is to try and compensate with the lighting I have as I can't set up a Co2 system just yet.

The flourish comp is in place of csm+b my LFS advised me that it would turn out better this way and I've read a few post on here advising that also.

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Thanks for the input!!

I have German blue rams that's why I compromised with 80F temp.

The double dose of excel is to try and compensate with the lighting I have as I can't set up a Co2 system just yet.

The flourish comp is in place of csm+b my LFS advised me that it would turn out better this way and I've read a few post on here advising that also.

Anyone else?

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IMHO csm+b would be cheaper in the long term
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IMHO csm+b would be cheaper in the long term
A bottle of flourish comp last me at least 2 months so I'm willing to spend $7 a month on a bottle.

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A bottle of flourish comp last me at least 2 months so I'm willing to spend $7 a month on a bottle.

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I have to cut corners EVERYWHERE I can. That same $7 will last me 2 years or more, just sayin. I dry dose all my ferts with the exception of excel, but in the near future even that will change as I plan on moving to CO2 injection
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I have to cut corners EVERYWHERE I can. That same $7 will last me 2 years or more, just sayin. I dry dose all my ferts with the exception of excel, but in the near future even that will change as I plan on moving to CO2 injection
To each their own. I only have one tank ATM so I'm satisfied.

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I am not sure why you are dosing double the amount of Excel on a daily basis, there is no need for this.
I have tried Excel, dosed as recommended by Seachem, and it wasn't effective for me. On the recommendation of others I increased the dosage to twice Seachem's daily dose and it worked great. Don't ever do the Seachem recommended 5X initial dosage. That can harm sensitive plants, and can't do any good. But daily 2X dosing does work very well, and even vals can survive that.

Seachem's dosage recommendations appear to be based on low light tanks only. Anything even a little higher in lighting will need higher dosages. It doesn't surprise me that Excel fits that criteria too.

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