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  1. JohnC

    Dosing Bottle Sterilisation

    That will effect it but i get the same effect on bottles that don't see the light of day and those that actually sit in windows.
  2. JohnC

    Dosing Bottle Sterilisation

    Yup. They are in the recipe.
  3. JohnC

    Dosing Bottle Sterilisation

    That stuff at the bottom rings a bell. :) My first instinct was the recipe was very exact and due to my scales only reading to one decimal point i may be unbalancing the mix. but since then i've gone back through and read the full info again and spoken to nigel and the composition being...
  4. JohnC

    Dosing Bottle Sterilisation

    Still a fan of Jame's all in one DIY. But my mixes always seem to go cloudy after a month or so..... The discussion with Nigel actually focuses more on the compositions of the different traces and relative balance of the liquid there of but actually what I got out of it was a reminder that I...
  5. JohnC

    Dosing Bottle Sterilisation

    Hi, After a discussion with Nigel from The Nutrient Company about my all in one solution going cloudy I'm going to put a bit more effort into sterilising the dosing bottles I store it in. How do you sterilise yours? Best Regards, John
  6. JohnC

    Does EI Fert Dosing Affect TDS?

    the highest tds i've seen on a freshwater tank was 2500 ish (if i remember rightly). done by accident as i supplied a friend with EI solutions and he assumed the extra magnesium dose I gave him to compensate for the lack of mg in the trace solution was daily. his shrimp died but the fish were...
  7. JohnC

    ei solution and ascorbic acid

    really? didn't know that. I've always added more when making DIY all in ones as per Jame's recipe I still use after all these years....
  8. JohnC

    ei solution and ascorbic acid

    unless they are all in one diy then no need to add.
  9. JohnC

    Neutro CO2 concentration vs alternatives...

    Hi everyone, Quick question as I don't have the other bottles on hand. I'm needing to restock liquid carbon and with the nutrient company on holiday the neutro CO2 from aqua essentials seems like a good option. The dosing instructions seem different from what I remember. is the concentration...
  10. JohnC

    Can liquid carbon be mixed with EI solutions?

    Always a pleasure getting answers off you. :) So i'm left with a feeling that for the trace mix people are thinking it will be fine with higher levels of Glut but the NPK mix is still up in the air especially when we add higher concentrations. Ive read elsewhere people reporting their NPK...
  11. JohnC

    Can liquid carbon be mixed with EI solutions?

    do we know what the glut reacts with in the tank water column to break it down in such a short time? It can't be the water molecules as people make solutions from the concentrate to save pennies on the branded stuff.
  12. JohnC

    Can liquid carbon be mixed with EI solutions?

    not going to cut it for regular carbon dosing thou..... but still the implication is that if it is going to combat fungus long term then the compound is not reacting with the ferts and breaking down, ergo should be fine in larger amounts...... clive or anyone want to confirm this? thanks, John
  13. JohnC

    Can liquid carbon be mixed with EI solutions?

    I'm also looking for an answer to the same good/bad mixing question of an all in one and liquid carbon. After reading the first thread I can't see an issue with using RO or Deionised water and the glut it's just reactions between the glut and the cleating agents or the specific compounds we are...
  14. JohnC

    Low light + CO2 - Dosing amounts

    Very wise advice, as ever. Thank you very much for taking the time to respond. Best Regards, John
  15. JohnC

    Low light + CO2 - Dosing amounts

    You have kinda hit it on the head there. Primarily i'm trying to see what I can grow under this single low light LED setup i'm making (i can do a PAR reading later). I want light as my only limiting factor with no worry that CO2 will bottom out or end up fluctuating with water changes. The...
  16. JohnC

    Low light + CO2 - Dosing amounts

    Hi, I'm going to do a low light tank with CO2 and some nutrient heavy substrate ive got kicking about spare. My aim is really to see what I can grow at lower light then to see how much I can reduce my maintance by but I am wondering how much I should expect to need to reduce my dosing by...
  17. JohnC

    EI and water changes

    :D
  18. JohnC

    EI and water changes

    Could not agree more. I read for 2 years before trying EI and CO2 and still got every algae under the sun in my first 6 months. 8) I'm always learning. But will pay particular attention to certain people's posts on the methods that I use. Especially Mr Barr's whom posts here with excellent...
  19. JohnC

    EI and water changes

    I'm not sure what you are arguing here.... What I know is it works, for me and many other high tech aquarium keepers. My tap water has between 5 and 9ppm phosphate in it. I have inert sand (mostly) as my substrate. I do EI with the water change and add more phosphate in that dosing as well...
  20. JohnC

    Issues with Trace Mix and Inverts.

    fully planted. EI for 3 years, some of the shrimp where easily that old. others younger. the other tank they were all new ish. i've been using AE trace since the start of EI. I bought the new AE trace and mixed it as per instructions. now i can't seem to keep shrimp alive. i've saved one old...
  21. JohnC

    Issues with Trace Mix and Inverts.

    Hi, I've been having issues with shrimp death in my main tank and in another tank that i helped setup and do dosing schedules for. I've got my suspicions that it could be the trace mix. I'm using the recommended dose of AE new trace mix. Am I barking up the wrong tree? Anyone else having...
  22. JohnC

    EI Aquarium Water and house plants....

    After a little more reading about yesterday I was seeing suggestions of 100 to 200 ppm N for most liquid fert mixtures for house plants dependant on the plant, so yeah the EI water with say 10 to 20ppm ish N would be much weaker. To summarise your point, into a general house-plant "dosing"...
  23. JohnC

    EI Aquarium Water and house plants....

    Hi, I water my house plants with my spare aquarium water all the time and have done for years. They love it as far as I can tell, and it actually makes me remember to take care of them as well as the tanks. I was just wondering while researching the reasons why my house plants get brown tips...
  24. JohnC

    EI dosing calculator

    that was cool. in a very geeky way. cheers tom.
  25. JohnC

    GH Booster

    Hi, I use Kent Botanica GH+ booster on my nanos as I use RO water for peace of mind on both of them. I do rough capful estimates of dosing on both tanks on the water change aiming to get the GH from zero to 3 to 5. I wouldnt bother on my main tank as everything i've grown in there doesnt...
  26. JohnC

    Comparing Liquid Carbons (and BBA problem)

    The end of my easycarbo bottle is making me more concerned. I'm half thinking it seems to be alot darker, browner, as if it has concentrated over the last year and a bit of having it. meh, speculation.
  27. JohnC

    Comparing Liquid Carbons (and BBA problem)

    i was actually shocked by what happened (detailed in my 174L corner tank journal). I've double dosed excel in the past for a week straight trying to get rid of BBA back in the day. All i lost that time was one Amano shrimp. I accidentally overdosed, with easycarbo, both my big tank and my 20L...
  28. JohnC

    Comparing Liquid Carbons (and BBA problem)

    Hi, I found "accidentally" overdosing Easycarbo much more deadly then Excel. An observation rather then tested. 8) Best regards, John
  29. JohnC

    How much TPN+ do you dose?

    True, i am using RO water which most won't be on their nanos.
  30. JohnC

    How much TPN+ do you dose?

    10L 0.5ml Pressurised Full 20L 1ml Easycarbo Full
  31. JohnC

    How much TPN+ do you dose?

    Hi, I've switched to TPN+ on my nanos with great success but have not really paid attention to the exact amounts i am putting in or my absorb son rates (i gave up on test kits when i learned EI). I judged a lot of the amounts to put in from peoples recommendations here, other journals and a...
  32. JohnC

    Boiling Water

    deffo, how odd.
  33. JohnC

    Boiling Water

    Hi, are you possibly mixing the GH booster too strong/concentrated and reached the saturation point? Best regards, John
  34. JohnC

    Gonna try TPN+ on my nano's...waterchanges and tips...

    Hi, I started with EI and am somewhat going backwards for my nanos but i presume the theory i have learned for dosing is the same. So for ease of use and what i've seen in some journals here, good results, i'm going to try Tropica TPN+ for my two nanos. Going from reading Dan's thread on his...
  35. JohnC

    All in one solution & Auto dosing with pump

    Re: Help with all in one solution Hi, My Anubius nana is totally plagued by GSA and it is the only algae visible left in my main tank. I also went straight for the phosphate levels but then after having no sucess with that and finding out the average level of phosphate in my Edinburgh tap...
  36. JohnC

    Sorting my AE trace mix solution...

    Hi, I need to make up a new batch of dosing solution from my dry trace fert's that i bought from AE a while ago. I've never been sure on the rough amounts i should dissolve as the AE site instructions work from a "less is better - work up" principal and my tank doesnt respond quick enough to...
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