Bps no idea too fast to count (small bubbles), a lot basically, green drop checker (maybe yellow'ish) on for 11 hours, 50W of T8 lights in Juwel tank cover for 9hours (may be 10 & 8 not sure), liquid carbon as well.....happy fish and green fast growing plants, no algae tiny bit of BBA. 2100litres/hour filtering and 3000litre/hour power head/fish exerciser. EI automatic dosing, using slightly increased strength EI solutions ie 1 1/2 teaspoons instead of one. Just reduced lighting, increased CO2 & EI strength as noticed some plants not growing as fast as they once did, I assume due to increased plants in tank.How many bps were you runnin pal? And for how long?
I run 5 bps for 7 hours a day at min. Curious as to how long my pub co2 will last.
Ta. They/it was bought as quite a tiny piece which I tied onto a piece of wood about 12inches long. The wood was went left to right propped up on a large stone. It completely took over the wood, which is now located front to back. The stone you can just see is a "cave" where my 3 clown loaches live, front entrance a bit overgrown. The clear bit in the front is where my HC will go, when ever I get round to it....Those Crypts look amazing by the way
But, I think if you have lots of plants, it may not be enough. The glosso (I think that's what is is) was severely trimmed by me (it "consumed" and wondered across the whole front of the tank !!) but didn't re-grow as manic as it once did. Also new growth looked a bit pale. So I upped the dose (ok could have increased the no of ml dosing instead, mine is automatically dosed via pump) and since this increase in dosing normal glosso manic growing/creeping has returned. A slight bit of BBA started on crypts, these leaves are now fertilising the front lawn and BBA on lower regions of glosso cured by reduced light period, pointing power head at it and addition of liquid carbon.Why are you dosing more than EI ? The Estimative Index method ensures there is always more than enough nutrients for any planted tank.
Its was designed to supply more than even fast growing stems plants could ever consume, basically it provides excess nutrients to ensure there will never be deficiencies.But, I think if you have lots of plants, it may not be enough
The issue here is Tom did not state what size and how heaped his teaspoons of salts were ? My kitchen ones, I use when my wife is around are not very deep and don't hold much, but the posh teaspoons we have which I use when my wife is not looking hold a lot more. Mine came from Sainsbury's if that helps.The following quote is from Barrreport.com, Tom Barr's website (the creator of EI)
''I’ve done numerous test runs over a week or three week time period using very high light (450 micromoles/m^2/sec @ 8 cm from light source) and many different species of fast growing stem plants. This will give an assumed “maximum uptake rate”. This rate is important in setting the upper limit of the needs of the plants. Once the aquarist knows this rate, they can be confident that they are not going to run out of any nutrient at most any lighting variable. This “rate” of uptake or dosing is what is truly important rather than maintaining some static “residual” level.''
The Estimative Index of Dosing, or No Need for Test Kits - Aquarium Plants