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Micros and Macros

I notice while reading about other peoples fertilizing schedules that most if not all of you dose macros and micros on opposing days. Is there a reason for this or is it just general practice? I understand not dosing micros on day of 50% w/c due to new water having some if not all of the micros required-----correct

Also, would like to thank Rex for giving me what and how much I should dose in my tank earlier. Haven't had many problems since!

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The main purpose was to avoid precipitation(due to mixing of iron and phosphate in high concentration). I dose the same day, just not at exactly the same time, same spot of the tank. Never noticed any haziness indicating precipitation.


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Would this be why my tank has a white hazy look to it then?

So your saying dosing phosphates and Iron causes this?

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How long has your tank had the hazy white look?

If it's a new setup it's a bacterial bloom. If it's an established tank then put some aquarium water in a white bowl and see if it has a green tint.
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Rex, I have had green water since the inception of this tank last November, the haziness doesn't get any worse during the day or during the 7 days after the last water change.

I keep my phosphates around 2ppm, and usually add 10 ml flourish 1 day and 5 ml iron the next. I am going to try not adding any iron to see if that makes any difference.

I have read that having higher levels of phosphates reacts with iron to make tank hazy, was just wondering if this is what is happening. All plants are doing great, fish are happy finally. It only took me 8 months to get to this stage!

I have a moderately heavy planted tank and this is what I am going to dose starting after w/c yesterday.

Day 1 50%-70% w/c (yesterday)
1/2 tsp Potassium Nitrate
1 tsp Potassium Sulfate
45 ml Flourish Phosphorus

Day 2
10 ml Flourish

Day 3
Nothing

Day 4
1/2 tsp Potassium Nitrate
1 tsp Potassium Sulfate
45 ml Flourish Phosphorus (if req'd)

Day 5
10 ml Flourish

Day 6
Nothing

Day 7
Same as day 1

I don't add Espon Salts as GH is over 10

Have at least 30 ppm co2.

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Before GW gets really green it looks hazy. If you have had GW since November then something is wrong in your tank.
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I had REALLY GW for at least 2 months, until I took drastic steps. Once that evil taints your tank it holds on for dear life. . .^%[email protected]#^#[email protected]^%(*
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I don't think this is green water. I had been dosing 60 ml seachem phosphorus on day of w/c bringing phosphates up to 1ppm. I would add my nitrates/potassium and seachem flourish (10 ml) then alternating 5 ml iron one day then 10 ml flourish next and so on. I think the iron and phosphates created the hazy look.

Since my w/c on Sunday my new fert schedule as in above post, water has not been hazy (not adding any iron and only 2 doses of 10 ml flourish per week).

Also, my tank throughout the week never got any worse throughout the day or week.

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