I have been a member here for a couple of years now. When I first joined, I was intrigued by the way alot of the members had scaped thier tanks into things of beauty. Just jaw dropping inspiration. I figured, if I was going to have an aquarium, why not have an awsome looking one.
I started reading, an reading, then I read a little more. I figured it was time to jump right in an introduce myself. A whole host of mods jumped right in. Hey welcome to TPT!! Made me feel right at home!
Buck stepped right up, M.lemay, an Scolly as well. Come to find out they were all close by. Buck literally planted my tank for me, M.lemay sent more Java fern than I knew what to do with. Scolly sent me a big package as well!!
Now that I had all these plant, all I had to do is get the ferts an co2. Of course Buck, an Marcel stepped up again an sent me all i needed as far as ferts were concerned. An Mr. Fender himself sold me the co2 system. All I needed to do was start dosing. I had several members tell me what I needed to do as far as dosing goes, so I started the dosing regime. This is where it got really ugly!!
I have a 55G with 110w's (Ah supply 2x55). Not a whole lot of light, but it would grow some weeds. I started the dosing with 1/2 tsp kno3, 1/4 tsp of k2so4, 1/8 tsp of po4 every other day.The co2 was around 30 ppm. I would dose the micros alternate days.
The result was devastating!! I simply grew every king of algae u can think of.I had more algae than plants..No matter what I did I could not for the life of me get rid of this algae.
Craig stepped in an simply said you are over dosing your tank. Cut everything back. I had given up by this point. Scrapped the whole PT hobby. Let the tank just sit for practically 6 months. Discouraged was an understatement.
I was determined to figure this out! I am not gonna let this kick my butt! I started reading...Then I read somemore. Then when I was done reading, I read some more!
There are so many people on here that have been doing this for years. Experimenting with everything. They have it down to a science! It is just plain second nature to em.
I sat back an thought to myself, I will try this once more. I have 2 wpg, co2, an ferts. Lets do this. I ordered a butt load of fast growers from one of the sponsers here, an planted them. Kicked the co2 into high gear, an let it just go for a couple of weeks. Tested everything, an found that N was at 10 ppm, PH was 6.2, KH was at 2, GH was at 2. I had close to 40 ppm of co2 goin. P was at 1. Things were lookin good. All this an I hadn't dosed anything.
A week went by. I did a 50% water change. After testing I found that the KH, an the GH had fallen. The N stayed the same, an so did the P. I added 2 tsps of baking soda, an 2 tsp of epsom salts. The KH an GH rose to 3.5. PH rose to 6.4. I am still pretty much where I was before. N was the same, an the P was the same. After 3 weeks.
co2 40 ppm
I still havent dosed anything. A week goes by, 50% WC...2 tsp of baking soda, 2 tsp of epsom salt. Let it sit for awhile an test.
I add 1/4 tsp of N
To stipulate...I am adding what I need. It is one thing to get a dosing schedule from someone, but everyones tank is different, everyones tap water is different. No two tanks are the same. dose what you need, not what someone tells you need to dose.
Testing is an important part for getting the feel for your tank!!
Thanks for all the help guys an gals!! Ya dont know how much it has been appreciated!