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How do you monitor and keep your nutrient levels, Macro and Micro and N in check?

I test my water for the usual suspects using an API kit and I measure my TDS and PH but I need some feedback on how to better manage my EI dosed planted tanks and appreciate the feedback.

Two tanks are now underway, both 29gal. I'm about 3 months in on tank one and a week into the second tank (honeymoon). So far, Algae is under control. One has tank has ample lighting and one has a whole "lot" of lighting, running CO2 and using RODI H2O in both.
I'd like to start dialing-in my dosing and keep the algae under control and I need some help, probably a lot more than I can say? It's usually just a matter of time before I lose control of the dark green algae on plant leaves.
I've been using the SeaChem Flourish products for the last two years, using their dosing chart, however, I'd like to go with another EI approach, likely the GLA products, something comprehensive system that helps with my GH and KH once the last of my Seachem ferts are depleted, probably have a few more months?
I think I've got good flow and filtration in the tank. No canister or sump in use presently, I'm also experimenting with an under gravel filter in one tank and super low-flow. Using ADA Amazonia Light, Flourite and Fluval Stratum in both tanks.
Right now I'm not keeping any fish in these tanks but I'd like to keep something like some small tetras or rasboras? Fish are not the priority with these tanks, just yet.

I am happy to post picks of the tanks if it helps.


Happy New Years Planted Tank!

DD
 

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I spent some time reading and researching various tests and then I reminded myself that I'm using the EI approach anyway so, why would I need to dial in my nutrient levels if things are looking good?

My main challenge will likely be figuring out what in the hell is going on with my water and the PH as it affects the consumption of Fe. I'm going to post that though in another post. It should be interesting as I use Potassium Chloride to soften my water. I posted that I live in Davis, CA, but I actually live in the adjacent town, called Dixon, no one around here even knows of Dixon, at least with Davis, you have a general idea, it being a UC Village town. We have groundwater (well) but it's on the hard side, clear, but hard. More to come, stay tuned in another post.

Thanks, everyone, always appreciate the good people in this forum.

DD
 
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