I am trying to work out a dosing schedule for my 55 gallon tank. The tank has 260 pc lights and pressurized CO2. I just got dry ferts and have worked out the following schedule:
So far I plan to start with the above schedule and adjust as seems needed. However, I wonder if I shouldn't also add Fe to the regime. I have some plants that show their best if provided with iron. Does any one have suggestions about adding iron to an EI regime for a 55 gallon tank?
Flourish has Fe in it..............I'd add 10-15mls per dose, not 5mls.
BTW, CO2 and light will help you far more...........
This is a lot of light, so the CO2 demand will be very high.
If there's not enough CO2, you get algae, too much CO2, gasping or dead fish.
Dosing is very easy on the other hand........very easy and safe........compared to CO2.
So the dosing will be very easy, the CO2 will be much less os, so watch and tweak/manipulate that(CO2).
For light, turn on the back lights for say 4-5 hours, then shut them off and have the front lights come on for 4-5 hours as soon as the rear go off.
This will give you good spread of light, but lower intensity.
You do not need 260W on a 55 gallon tank.
I use 1/2 this amount myself(110W on a 60 gal for 10 hours)
I have high fish loads, nice growth, easy to care for etc.
Makes CO2 much easier.
More Light => more CO2 demand= more nutrient demand.
So with less, you do not need as much CO2(so this is easier to manage) and nutrients are much easier as well, this = less algae and better plant health. Most want good moderate healthy growth, not the max rates of growth.
If max growth is what you want, then you will have to work more to get that
and deal with more CO2/light/nutrient demand.
Just like you or me, if we run 26.2 miles 2x week, we have to eat more and rest more to maintain our weight. If we eat less, we can do much less exercise and still maintain that weight.
It's not just nutrients, it's the light and the CO2.