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EI method ferts

Hi, friends I'm looking to buy some dry ferts or liquid. I'm lo ok king to dose a 300 gallon tank, so if you guys know of any good seller, that you can refer me to, I would greatly apreciated, plus if you can also explain me a little bit how this method works that would be excellent!
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It would help to suggest the correct amount of ferts for us to know the lights you have and how tall the tank is.
EI is basically a saturation level(but a safe level of it) of ferts which keep the plants from not having any they may want. It actually still needs to be "tuned" to your tank as some plants use higher levels of individual nutrients that may be short in the regular EI.
Wisteria and any of the Hygro plants are some that require extra nutrients.
I will look up a link for you and add it to this.
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i just ordered my ei ferts yesterday and i got mine from (http://greenleafaquariums.com/aquarium-fertilizer.html
I got the ei pack. I also got a measuring spoon kit from amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002Y3YIAO/ref=sr_ph?ie=UTF8&qid=1415404143&sr=1&keywords=measuring+spoonAnd you need these obviosly for measuring but more so becasue they have the 1/32 teaspoon and what not.
here is a guide on dosing this stuff
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...ing-guide.html
I hope this answered most of your questions =)
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Tank is 18 inches at the front and about 12 at the back, I have four 36 inches rays 2, two in the back two in the front.

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Can you give us all the dimentions of the tank ? I'm confused. In your first post you said 300g tank ? Perhaps you may be able to provide a picture ?

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Can you give us all the dimentions of the tank ? I'm confused. In your first post you said 300g tank ? Perhaps you may be able to provide a picture ?
Sorry about that, the tank it's 210 gallon, but km building a wet and dry/refugim for it and I'm using a 75 gallon for it so it would be around 300 gallons.
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Are you planning to put bright lights and CO2 on the tank? X4 these amounts and done although using more phosphate can really perk up plants and reduce green spot algae. https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=21944
40~60gal
50% H20 change-weekly
1/2 Tsp-KN03 3x a week
1/8 Tsp-KH2P04 3x a week
3/4 Tsp-GH booster once a week
10ml or 1/8Tsp-Trace 3x a week
Optional
2-4ml-Fe/Iron 3x a week

If so buy a couple pounds of potassium nitrate, pound of mono potassium phosphate and a pound of some sort of micronutrient blend. If your water is softer than 4 or so you may want GH booster as well. It never hurts to have more potassium on hand either! All that will last about a year and you may or may not run out of one powder or another before others.

You don't need special spoons for a big tank! I like to take a couple minutes during water changes to put the amount of nutrients needed into tiny covered containers of some sort. Big pill minders work although usually will leak a bit, currently I am using reusable cups meant for salad dressing take out. The sheet of covered paint cups that look perfect probably wouldn't hold enough to be worth it. A container might need to hold up to 4-5 tsp for a big CO2 enriched bright tank. I put the nitrate and phosphate into 3 cups and the iron if used and micronutrient stuff into 3 cups and alternate daily. At water changes I put in GH booster.

Never had any issue buying the stuff online. I have bought stuff from evilbay, Bob's Tropical Plants http://www.bobstropicalplants.com/, Aquarium Plant Fertilizer http://www.aquariumfertilizer.com/, people selling leftover stuff from this forum and probably from regular sellers here as well. Always got the right stuff well packed and clean. Go for it!


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Are you planning to put bright lights and CO2 on the tank? X4 these amounts and done although using more phosphate can really perk up plants and reduce green spot algae. https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=21944
40~60gal
50% H20 change-weekly
1/2 Tsp-KN03 3x a week
1/8 Tsp-KH2P04 3x a week
3/4 Tsp-GH booster once a week
10ml or 1/8Tsp-Trace 3x a week
Optional
2-4ml-Fe/Iron 3x a week

If so buy a couple pounds of potassium nitrate, pound of mono potassium phosphate and a pound of some sort of micronutrient blend. If your water is softer than 4 or so you may want GH booster as well. It never hurts to have more potassium on hand either! All that will last about a year and you may or may not run out of one powder or another before others.

You don't need special spoons for a big tank! I like to take a couple minutes during water changes to put the amount of nutrients needed into tiny covered containers of some sort. Big pill minders work although usually will leak a bit, currently I am using reusable cups meant for salad dressing take out. The sheet of covered paint cups that look perfect probably wouldn't hold enough to be worth it. A container might need to hold up to 4-5 tsp for a big CO2 enriched bright tank. I put the nitrate and phosphate into 3 cups and the iron if used and micronutrient stuff into 3 cups and alternate daily. At water changes I put in GH booster.

Never had any issue buying the stuff online. I have bought stuff from evilbay, Bob's Tropical Plants http://www.bobstropicalplants.com/, Aquarium Plant Fertilizer http://www.aquariumfertilizer.com/, people selling leftover stuff from this forum and probably from regular sellers here as well. Always got the right stuff well packed and clean. Go for it!
Thanks I am injecting co2, and currently dosing seachem line of ferts, but they just run out quickly and well they are expensive too so. The plants I have now are eriocolum setacum type 3 and 2 eriocolum compressum, tonina fluviales, tonina belem, rotala rotundifolia, red tiger lotus, blyxa japonica, pogostemos erectus, rotala wallichi, and glosso. So I'm now sure if the gh buster would be a good idea, as most of this plants like a low gh....what are your thoughts on that?
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