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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-06-2009, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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I didnt want to make this post but I have to. I have downloaded Chucks fert calculator. I will admit I am math challenged. Basically I have a learning disability when it comes to math. I have been trying to figure out how to dose using the EI method. I made an order of dry ferts and I am having a difficult time figuring out how to do this properly. Using Chucks calculator has even confused me more. I have read that a 100gal takes 1/2tbsp of csm+b per daily dose? I have done some reading and I still am having a hard time. I have all the basic ferts. I have a lightly planted tank with swords, vals, anacharis, red ludwigia and bocopa. I switched to a more biotopish tank from my previous set up. These are not light demanding nor are they co2 demanding plants from what I have read. I have pres. co2. I just used all of my pfertz and now its time to figure this all out. I have a 180 gal tank maybe about 150gal after driftwood, rock and silica sand substrate. I have root tabs for the swords and vals. But I know that I will need some colum ferts for good growth on the rest and to help the vals and swords. I am having the worst time feeling comfortable with dry ferts. can I get some help here.

Lighting:
Geissman aqua flora 2x 54w t5ho
hagen life glo 2x 54w t5ho
4x30w 10k
other details:
pres. Co2
ferts I have:
calcium chloride(ordered it accidentally)
mono pot phos
pot nitrate
csm+b
chel fe
k2so4
With the lighting I have and using the pres co2 what should I do? Im not going to aim for 30ppm with the plants I have for co2, or do I? I have used some of the dry ferts. like the k2so4 because I linked that with a deficiancy. I have searched and read and it only confuses me further. If you want to know how to weld and understand metal...Im your man but this fert thing has me lost. I have a gram scale and measuring spoons. Please give a guy some help!
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It's daunting at first, but really not that complicated. Go for 30ppm co2, your plants will thank you. As for ferts, read Wolfy's sticky atop this sub-forum. You have a 100g tank? Double the 40-60 regime, and stay on the lean end since you are planted light and most aren't nutrient hogs.
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daunting yes! its a 180. I have already fallen a victim to staghorn...I have discus and it seems staghorn comes from poor water quality? I was at the time doing 3 wc's per week of 80-90%. Cleaning canisters and replacing filter pads 1 time a month. I found out that my co2 was off and have since figured that out. At least I think I figured it out. I dont want to fall victim to algae probs. Thats why I want all the help I can get. I read the sub forum post and I still was unsure of how to go about this fert stuff. But I think if I just x3 the 40-60 gal dosing it should work? thanks
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Yep.

Staghorn is low co2 or poor water quality (immature biofilter) in my experience.
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thats what I read...so my co2 was the culprit. I dont have a huge bioload and the tank is and was matured being 7-9months old at the time
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Wow, 80% wcs 3 times per week on a 180! Wow!
So are you from montana, or kentucky?
Or do you just have a mullet?

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Ha hA! From montana but it may as well be kentucky. Some back wood folk round here Never had a mullet or a rat tail... been shaving my head for 18 years...no I am not a white supremest! im a 31 yr old kid!

Im gonna figure this out to grams once I get tsp doses correct. my scale will do all this for me once I get it fingered out! I knew my scale would come in handy one of these days its 50-60% almost daily now. Damn discus. Now how is this going to affect my dosing since i am taking out most of my ferts on a daily basis?
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If I didnt have good well water I think I would kill myself
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I measured this all out on my scale:
so heres what I fingered out for my tank dosed as a 150:
sun-kno3/10g-kh2po4/9g-k2so4/13g
mon-30ml trace, 6ml fe
tues-see sun. should tues be half dose
wed-see mon. should wed be half dose
thurs-see sun. etc
fri-see mon. etc
sat-drink beer..and wc
sun- see last sun
I used the tsp/tbs measurements and dumped them on my gram scale. After wc's should I double up on dosing since I just took out 1/2 my ferts?

or after a wc should I add a 1/2 dose of ferts on the day I should add a full dose when I do a wc?
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