Originally Posted by Momotaro
I saw Tom Barr had posted the information about his subscription program on all the other planted aquarium sites, except here.
I wonder why?
Has he ever posted here? I don't recall. I wonder why he doesn't?
Here's my summary of Barr's approach:
1) Keep [email protected]
at 20-30ppm at least during the day (off at night is ok) on a high-light tank
2) Fertilize macros on high light tanks every 2-3 days, & dose to keep them at the levels
we all know & love
3) Don't fertilize micros and macros on the same day
4) Replace 50% of your tank's volume each week
5) Don't bother testing too often, b/c the test kits are error prone--the water changes prevent too much of any nutrient
6) Keep the CO2 at 20-30ppm
That's about it. Applies to just about everything. I'll add, though, that it's still very important to test to get a reality check. I was using Barr's "estimative index" and decided to test my Nitrates after 2 weeks of this approach to find that I was @ 10ppm right before I was going to add another dose. Fine for the plants, but the shrimp might've been a little upset.
I will say ... getting my (pressurized) CO2 levels in the 20-30ppm range has totally erased my staghorn algae problem in about 1 week. Now I just need to kill that damn string/thread algae!