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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-03-2014, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Weekends with EI Fert regimine

Every time I leave for the weekend my tank turns to pea soup, but never while I'm here. Any advice on what to do?


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-04-2014, 12:41 AM
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Stay home one weekend and see what someone is adding.
Lime jell-o?

jk.

What are the water parameters when you are there and when you are not.
Are you usually doing a water change on most weekends, but skipping the water change when you cannot be there? Do the water change the day before you leave.

Are you having someone feed the fish or dose the tank?
Measure the fish food and fertilizers into pill sorters or other separate daily doses so there is no over feeding or over dosing.

What else is different?
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Haha no jello that I know of. I couldn't tell you the parameters. I thought I'd be avoiding testing by using the EI regimen.
I though it was not doing water changes the weekends that I was gone. I've tried changing the day before I leave. It didn't happen as bad, but still did.
No one feeds It while I'm gone. I'm guessing I should just turn the lights off for the weekend.


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Do you have a substrate that will hold the fertilizers? Something like Safe-T-Sorb, or one of the ADA products? I have found that substrates with a high CEC will hold the fertilizers really well, so when I skip dosing the plants are still supplied with nutrients.
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I'm guessing I should just turn the lights off for the weekend.
You could also experiment with a shorter time cycle rather than full lights off.

Something still seems rather odd here. Skipping a 2 days of fertilizer dosing should not be a sure-fire recipe for green water.

Any chance that you are:

1) tweaking CO2 output when home (and obviously not tweaking it while gone)?

2) leaving blinds open while gone, but closing them part time when home (changing natural light input)?
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I use fluorite black sand with a little onyx sand mixed in. I don't leave the blinds open but there's still a good deal of light that comes through them and the curtains. I'll try tweeking the co2, any chance more flow in the tank could help?


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What are you doing to the tank on weekends when you are home?
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It all depends I try to stay ahead of water changes, but am waiting for Christmas to get a python and I can't wait. Any chance it's a fertilizer imbalance from using green leaf aquariums EI regimen? http://www.aquascapingworld.com/maga...on-Method.html


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I found the culprit. during mid day I had direct sunlight into the tank. Never had this problem before. Must be the sun changing positions, or really the earth.


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That is a good point. Direct sun, even for a short time can make quite a difference.
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