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Dosing Properly?

I just have a question regarding my Nitrate and Phosphate levels. I usually do my w/c's on Friday and test on Mondays for Nitrate and Phosphate. Below is my Fert Schedule. I find that my Nitrate and Phosphate levels do not really change during the week. Is that because of the Flourish adding them or feeding heavily?

I do not have any algae problems, tank was totally redone approximately 3-4 months ago now. I also feed my fish quite heavily (probably more than I should). I usually don't feed them on Mondays and Thursdays though.

I have lots of stem plants.
Dwarf Sag.
Vallisneria (spelled correctly?)
Some Java Moss but usually disintegrates in my tank for some reason.
1 Large Amazon Sword
Water Sprite (just keep a few baby plants in there so that I have some in case of a problem)

75 Gallon
I have 3-31/2" of Eco Complete
30 ppm injected co2 at end of photo period
KH - because of Eco-Complete goes from 5 after w/c to 7-8 after a few days
GH - 110ppm

Just tested for Nitrates and Phosphates today (Day 4) Nitrates 10ppm and Phosphates close to 2ppm.

Am I not dosing properly and on the verge of a huge algae outbreak? Plants and Fish are doing excellent. Within an hour after lights on (110w CF and 32w NF) stem plants pearl. Lights on for 11-12 hours.

I have following as "pets"
6 - Columbian Tetras
7 - Silvertipped Tetras
2 - Pristella Tetras
2-3 - Kuhli Loaches
2 - Weather Loaches
1 - SAE
2 - Platys
2 - Golden Algae Eaters
3 - Apistos
6 - Ottos
2 - Zebra Danios
2 - Bristle nosed Plecos
3 - Angels

All are less than a Year old so most are Juveniles.

Day 1
Water Change Add:
1 teaspoon Epson Salts
1/2 teaspoon of KNO3 - according to Chuck Gadd's 5.83ppm
60 ml Seachem Phosphorus - 1 1/2 ppm according to instructions on bottle
2 teaspoon of Potassium Sulphate
10 ml Flourish

Day 2
5 ml Flourish

Day 3
5 ml Flourish

Day 4 (haven't been adding Potassium Sulphate or KNO3 because of readings)
2 teaspoon of Potassium Sulphate
Ĺ teaspoon of KNO3
5 ml Flourish

Day 5
5 ml Flourish

Day 6
5 ml Flourish

Day 7
5 ml Flourish

Day 8
Water Change and dose as per Day 1

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