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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-23-2013, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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PPS pro dosing when out of town? Help

This is the first time I will be unable to have someone cover my dosing schedule when I am out of town. I have a 75 gallon planted tank and dose about 6-7 ml everyday day(micro/macro) using the PPS pro method.Pressurized CO2. I am wondering what i should do since I will be out of town for 4 straight days. I normally do a 50% water change weekly anyways. Should I give it one big dose for the four days or just lower the hours of my lights per day? I have 1 48" ray 2 and a 48" monster ray. Maybe, just leave the monsteray on just by itself for the 4 days? Trying to avoid coming back to an ugly tank. Any ideas or recommendations wouldClick image for larger version

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I would not worry about ferts for 4 days and just leave the lighting schedule on its normal time.
But will let some pros chime in.

Beautiful tank and well stocked too.

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I will be watching this one to see what is recommended. I am new and don't know Jack but from what I've read is that things go South when things get out of balance. I would think that for 4 days I'd not dose ferts and keep the lights off and keep CO2 as usual.

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I was originally thinking that I would dose 3 days all at once right before I go and leave the lights and co2 alone. Then when I get back just do a 50% water change and hope that smooths things back out. Just didn't know if this would cause a big algae break out. your guys comments on no lights or just no ferts is an option, just thought there might be a way to keep things as normal as possible and growing at the same time..
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Again, I don't know what I'm talking about yet but the way I look at it is that the sun doesn't shine every day. So it would be cloudy for a few days.

I dose PPS PRO and love it. I don't think that doing a triple dose would work the way your thinking. Tripling the dose would just give the plants and algae triple the nutrients.

The way I envision it is that if everything is in balance, ferts, CO2 and lighting, algae can't grow but if there is one thing in excess, then algae can take over.

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Just a follow up. For anyone interested.I ended up giving my 75g tank a 3 day dose of ferts before I left out of town for 4 days. I left everything else the same. When I got home all the fish and plants where fine. The only issue was that my aquatek regulator changed output and had a very slow bubble count. So I'm assuming my co2 was pretty low most of the 4 days. Anyway this ended up working for me. Needless to say I now have a GLA ultimate co2 regulator on the way, hopefully that will be more stable.
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Good to hear that all is well. Sometimes I think we might be worrying about nothing.

Good luck with your new regulator.

thanks for the update.

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