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post #8 of (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 11:06 PM
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Glad I could help! As far as targets go, it will vary from tank to tank. From what I've seen on TPT, most shoot for a range between 10-30 ppm, but I think there are other "ratios" to factor in that I really don't understand, and probably never will. You just need to use trial and error to find your sweet spot. You've made some changes, see what the next couple of weeks brings. Also, @PlantedRich makes some valid points about dry ferts. It's what I decided to go with from the start, if only for a financial point of view. Plus, it's kind of fun playing mad scientist, creating elixirs unique to your tank :P

Bump: @PlantedRich Hahaha! Performing that API NO3 test is my least favourite by far! Once in the 40 ppm range it does get quite difficult to tell if at 40 or 80. I may switch to the Salifert test once I've emptied the API kit and my arm has fallen off! So far I've been fortunate to have consistent results, and have made great gains in my arm size ><
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