Originally Posted by Alexplosive
I am not saying that the EI method is not good, from what I hear its excellent. BUT my reason for wanting to avoid it is the daily dosing and weekly 50% water change. I hope I dont come off sounding lazy, I just want to keep the maintenance at a minimum and make it safe for the fish.
I would much rather keep the nutrient levels at a level that is just right for plants to uptake (using Chuck's Planted Aquarium Calculator) and keep water changes to no more than once every 2 weeks. I am not planting anything yet until I get some more info on dosing.
I just bought these dry ferts from the Greg Watson site:
Mono Potassium Phosphate
(dont need magnesium or Ca because tap water has plenty)
Can anyone suggest some good fert regimens they have been using other than the EI method with success? If I keep the nutrients at the levels suggested on Chuck's calculator, how often will I need to change the water?
Here's what I got:
I have a 37 Gal Tank
2x65w 6700/10,000 k CF Lighting (not using it yet)
3 inch Flourite
Fairly well stocked (fish)
DIY CO2 (not using it yet)
EI is not something you must do this or that with.
It does not require daily dosing, I've never once said it does ever.
Since it's something I came up with, I might know.
It also does not say you must do weekly water changes, it's just a suggestion.
Once every 2 weeks is fine.
Dosing 2-3xa week is fine also in higher light/CO2 enriched tanks.
If you have an adversion to water changes and dosing, go non CO2, dose once a week, never do water changes.
There are options depending of how much work you are willing to put into the tank.
But there are trade offs for every option as well. If you are fine with the trade offs, then you should do that method that best suits your goals.
My issue for folks is helping them maintain a tanks over time..........
Based off what you have stated, non CO2 methods sounds perfect for you.
I have written a lot about non CO2 methods.
Many think they are too good to be true and they require more patience, but they are without a doubt the easiest of tanks to maintain.
No water changes for months, dosing once a week at most etc....plant growth is slower, many don't like pruning much anyway, some plants will not do nearly as well, but most will.
BTW, I do every method, not just EI. I know the trade offs and enjoy different approaches, each method has it's benefits and I like them all.