Thanks joe for sharing,
B,Zn,Mn looks almost half of some of your older versions
Mo, Ni,Cu have gone down a little bit.
Looks like overall a little lean on micro's. Any reason you would like to share, just want to see if its applicable for our tanks as well.
Also, any reason you are back to gluconate , i guess previously you had assumed it to be bad with your tap PH.
Ive gone down with some of the non-Fe stuff. There's a few species that just do better with less. Not necessarily "sensitive" species, stuff like Mini Myrio, Penthorum (of all plants) Rotala indica, Didiplis, half a dozen others.
Gluconate, as mentioned above things just seem better with a little of that in the mix.
If you have time for your long story on discontinuing urea, I'd be interested. I dose only urea and fish food. Also, without urea, is the Ni still included because you have a batch previously made with it, or do you see value to it even without the urea?
I dose about 4x the iron you do, but it's all gluc and is gone within a half-hour (can't do DTPA due to UVS). However, I'm about 25% the level of all your other metals, except Zn, which is a little higher.
Amazing how much room there is for formula variations!
Ive kept the Ni because the retail version will have it so I wanna continue using it to make sure the recipe as a whole works good. Another reason, based on very limited research I found, apparently it assists in the utilization of Fe. Although there's not much info out there about that.
The deal with urea and NH4 spans 3-4 years of using it for periods of time and then not. Ive never seen dramatic positive results from it like you'd expect, thats in sand, soil, various KH. And every single time I stop it, immediately its like a light comes on and several things perk up, water turns crystal clear, global pearling increases.
And in spite of seeing this happen repeatedly over time, I always decide to go back to one or the other because, well, on paper its supposed to be really good. But for me it never is and Im done with trying it.
I ran really high Zn levels for a while just testing it out. Guys from the custom micro thread may remember. It never seemed to hurt anything, but its a compound that according to Mueller can inhibit Fe (might be why you need so much) so I took it back down, eventually to around where it is now. You can definitely run too low however. One of the first signs is abnormally short internodes, specifically in Rotala Mac varieties. Leaves growing right on top of one another, otherwise healthy perfectly formed leaves.
This is key.
Your macros numbers would be stated as less for those used to quoting 50% water change. Just saying it is not as rich as it seems.
And good to see the latest micro dosing.
How about some farm tanks shots sometime? Need more plant eye candy around here!
Yeah thats why I started always listing my WC volumes because it does makes a big difference. Those number look like EI but its a lot less with bigger water changes
Pics you say?
Buce wall in the Dutch is coming along nice. Gonna split them one more time about a month out (deadline is late OCT) Hard to tell in the pic but there's plenty right now to fill in the gaps
Somebody come trim this 50 for me. I'll supply a face mask and the scissors
Here's the latest 75 gal with Landen I set up around the first of the year. Still blasting CO2 straight into a powerhead. Best growing tank I have.
New Syngonanthus sp Meta, discovered last year in Colombia. Rotala ramosior cramer to the right. The red stem behind is Ludwigia glandulosa
Sunsets doing great. They grow almost as well in sand with a higher KH.
In front are a couple new species also from Colombia last year. Hyptis laciniata, low growing flowery stem plant that creeps along the sub. On the right is Bacopa sp CSP. I like this plant, it stays short and branches a lot. The tops get various shades of yellow-orange-pink. Makes a great midground bush. I may use it in the Dutch, still deciding on what species to use in a couple of spots.