Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: North Canton, OH
Need someone to double check my planned fertilizers
All of the fert schedules I've been reading seem like unnecessary work, and being that I'm by nature lazy, I figured I would make things as simple as possible for myself. I'm going to be pumping my tank water from and to the basement from two 55g barrels. This will all be cheaply automated and I'll release the source code and arduino schematics freely when I'm done with the project. Anyways, why not just empty 10% of the water everyday, and fill it back up with water that's already been fertilized/treated ahead of time to a desired level? That way I only have to actually revisit my tank weekly to fill the 55g barrel back with my desired mixture and my normal weekly tank maintenance.
I just want someone to double check my numbers, to make sure I didn't screw up my research somewhere. No CO2, and I'll adjust light accordingly. I'm looking for a slow growth with a nice low level of ferts. I'm not doing phosphorous or nitrogen, because I feel the fish will take care of that. I'm not sure about extra Magnesium right now, as my Amazon fish like low pH, but I'll revisit it if the plants show signs of low Magnesium. I'll have a power-head in the barrel to help mix the water and break it's surface tension while it sits there during the week. Am I missing anything or see a problem with anything I mentioned?
For each weekly 55g batch:
* 55gallon Mixture of RO, carbon filtered tap, and peat to get desired TDS and pH
* 9grams of Potassium Sulfate to achieve 20ppm
* 0.6grams of dry Plantex CSM+B to achieve a 0.2ppm of Iron
My output also will get reused to water all of my house plants, so very little gets wasted. I'll also be sure to empty the holding barrel before filling it back up, so I don't have any slow buildup.