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Dosing daily vs weekly (macro + micros)

- 6-gal Edge
- Seachem Flourish substrate
- heavily planted, at max capacity for fish/inverts
- pressurized CO2 (was previously using Excel)
- stock LED lighting (soon to be upgraded to provide ~3x the light)


Using API Leaf Zone and Seachem Flourish for the macro/micro's in a 6-gal tank. They dosing instructions are weekly or twice a week, but I am making a RasPi controlled dosing setup that can easily do it daily.

Are there any downsides to taking the weekly dose, and dividing it up into 7 days (or 3 days etc)? The logic here is it's less of a 'burst' of ferts, and a gradual addition.

Once these are used up, I'll likely be switching to a PPS Pro dosing regime, but since this is my first foray into a real planted tank I started with these.
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No there wouldnt be any issue in doing that, if anything it may be a little better.
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When it comes to commercial liquid ferts, there is no "burst" when dosing. Since you're running CO2, your tank would really benefit from a DIY liquid solution using dry ferts. 1/2 to 1 lb of KNO3, KH2PO4, K2SO4 and CSM + B would last you many, many, many years.

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The 'burst' was referencing adding all whopping 2.5ml at once, vs doing 0.5ml over 5 days a week. Slow and steady vs all at once.

I'm looking the PPS Pro pack (everything you mention + MgSO4) for $30 on GLA, which as you said would last years in this tank The further I get into this, the more I know in the back of my mind a larger setup is probably not too far off, I'm just trying everything on a smaller scale before I go too nutty. Plus nanos are cool

Trying to piece together smaller quantities of dry ferts from other places wouldn't be as cost-effective from what I've found.
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Drop ur micros and macros on different days. Remember excess nutrients will cause problems with algea, so spread ur dosings out for each day of the week. Use a calculater to get u closer to plants needs. Give it a month and see how ur plants do. And adjust amounts a little bit if needed. Sometimes it takes a couple months to see a difference

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Drop ur micros and macros on different days. Remember excess nutrients will cause problems with algea, so spread ur dosings out for each day of the week. Use a calculater to get u closer to plants needs. Give it a month and see how ur plants do. And adjust amounts a little bit if needed. Sometimes it takes a couple months to see a difference
Sounds easy enough to do with dosing pumps. Just finishing the testing and I can get consistent accuracy with the $12 eBay peristaltic pumps and any length of silicone tubing with the Raspberry Pi. I just doubled the plants in my tank this week (Ludwigia seems too big for a nano, might end up tossing it).
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Leaf Zone is potassium and iron. I can see the benefit of spreading this out. Iron (depending on the formulation) can get locked up pretty fast. Dosing a smaller amount more often is probably going to make sure there is a more steady supply of iron through the week.

Flourish is Seachem's name for their whole fertilizer line up.
Flourish Nitrogen
Flourish Phosphate
...
and so on.

If you are talking about Flourish Comprehensive as a source of micros, it is just fine dosed at whatever schedule you want. A week's worth in just one or two doses, or spread it out to daily.
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Go to green leaf aquariums .com. They have a pps program I am using and I love it. I have been dosing micros and macros daily at the same time for months and have no algae problems like I use to have.

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Go to green leaf aquariums .com. They have a pps program I am using and I love it. I have been dosing micros and macros daily at the same time for months and have no algae problems like I use to have.
That's the plan (mentioned GLA above) once these liquid ferts are out. Get the PPS Pro setup from GLA and be set for 4 years
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.....Remember excess nutrients will cause problems with algae, ......
This has been proven to be wrong by many people. Excess nutrients can actually suppress growth of some algae.

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This has been proven to be wrong by many people. Excess nutrients can actually suppress growth of some algae.
Agreed
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