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    question on increasing ferts

    Thanks for sharing that explanation Darren, that makes perfect sense now. I'm pretty sure it has made a difference, so Mg must have been the issue. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    question on increasing ferts

    Morning Clive, so according to the nutrient calc for 100L i should be dosing the following 1.5g KNO3 (1/4 tsp) 0.58g KH2PO4 (1/8 tsp) (or half of a 1/4 tsp as i dont have a 1/8 measuring spoon) 3.7g MgSO4 (3/4 tsp) im going more on weight rather than tsp's. i have small scale digital scales...
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    question on increasing ferts

    And constipation. Lol Ceg, I'll post Tomorrow with the Grams per dose (dry dosing) of each. It's a 120L tank I think I worked it out based on 100L of water after displacement (ish). Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    question on increasing ferts

    My excuse is I went from memory from 10 years ago which is when I last did EI. And forgot the Mg ha ha. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    question on increasing ferts

    ok just bought some and looking at EI calc i have added 3.7g. ill do this from now on when dosing other macros
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    question on increasing ferts

    ok so just off the shelf epsom salts yes? and how much to put in?
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    question on increasing ferts

    i think im dosing standard EI. KNO3 just over 1/4 tsp 3x per week KH2PO4 just under 1/4 tsp 3 x per week trace on middle days 2 days rest water change on day one and start again... pics below. growth seems good its just not as lush green as id like. we are only 2 weeks in so it might just be...
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    question on increasing ferts

    Hi, Basically I want to increase the nitrate in the tank and am dosing EI KNO3 and KH2PO4 can I simply increase the KNO3 or should I also increase the KH2PO4 to keep the ratio of ferts the same? ive got plenty of co2 in the tank and distribution/flow is fine, good growth but dwarf hairgrass...
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    calculating co2 levels KH 17.8

    Thanks guys that's great. I'll keep you posted on how things go over the next few weeks. Cheers for the input Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    calculating co2 levels KH 17.8

    Ok will do. Sorry to labor the same question but if fish are in discomfort is it because of the co2 directly or the resulting ph drop? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    calculating co2 levels KH 17.8

    Ok thanks ceg that makes sense. I'll carry on as I am then for a few weeks and observe the plants. If there are signs of low co2 I'll up the bubble rate. I think I was falling for the trap of getting too hung up on the readings. As a rule of thumb though what would be useful to know is if my co2...
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    calculating co2 levels KH 17.8

    Thanks ceg, Well at 4 bubbles per second I drop about 0.5 ph in 2 hours however at that point the drop checker is still green. And I mean an emerald green not lime green.. His is why I was concerned as I see a lot on here with almost yellow drop checkers, distribution is fine. Reading is the...
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    calculating co2 levels KH 17.8

    No fish in the tank yet but I have had numerous tanks for the past 10 years. At present the only other tropical tank I have up and running is a 100 gallon low tech semi planted tank with South American cichlids and 15 sterbai cory's. I've successfully kept high tech planted tanks in the past...
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    calculating co2 levels KH 17.8

    Hi John. The water company initially said the KH is 320. Which threw me as I was expecting something on the 1-20 scale. They then converted it and came back with 17.8. The guy in their testing lab that I spoke to said 320 (I don't know what that is measured in) is the top level of hardness that...
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    calculating co2 levels KH 17.8

    thanks guys. there are no ei salts or anything in there tanks just set up. im ignoring test kit results at the moment as i know im not getting 250ppm co2 its just thats what the readings correlate to. i know they are innacurate but didnt realise they are totally pointless ill leave it as it is...
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