I started dosing ferts last week. For ease of use I'm doing Thrive+ per the instructions (3 pumps 3x/week with a 50% w/c weekly). Ive used dry ferts before and realize they are easy to use as well. I'm trying to keep this this easy so my wife will enjoy the hobby as well. After the first few days my algae increased dramatically! I understand this is due to a few things
1. This being a new setup/water imbalance
2. High light??? (see the ecosmart live screenshot) FYI, my Co2 is at 3-4bps with a drop checker in the green while the lights are on.
3. Probably going too heavy on the ferts out of the gate as I'm using the whole ADA substrate system. I don't have enough plants (IMHO) and really have very few plants needing high light in general.
Here are the result of my last test using API liquid tests for Ammonia, GH, KH and a hand held ph tester:
NO2= 3, NO3= 20, dkh=2, dgh=4, Ammo=0.25 to 0.5, Ph= 6.44 2hrs after lights, 4 hours after the CO2 comes on.
The only product I'm using that I'm not entirely sold on is StressZyme. My LFS suggested it to aid in cycling my tank, breaking down bacteria... so they say. Any suggestions would be appreciated but I'm searching an leaning a lot as well!
Last edited by B.Lace; 10-28-2018 at 07:59 AM.