FSO trace mix

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I've started dosing EI on my tank, and I still haven't mixed up my traces which are due tomorrow, what is the recommended dose?

I have shrimp so I want to avoid dosing too much copper if possible.

Cheers, Jack
 

CeeJay

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Jack

Just my experience.
I'm dosing the full EI amount as per the EI tutorial and I keep shrimp.
They're actually breeding so it can't be too bad for them :D .
I am using the old AE trace elements which I believe had 0.23% copper in it, same as FSO.
Hope that's of use.

Chris.
 
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Cheers for the reply, how do you make your mix? How many grams in how in many mls? And what do you dose?

Cheers, Jack
 

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Hi Jack

Don't do grams, way too complicated :lol: . I did used to, but gave up with all the faffing about with scales etc. Teaspoons much easier :D .
For the reference 20 gallon tank in the EI tutorial we should dose 1/16th teaspoon twice a week.
So for a 4 week supply for the 20 gallon tank you would need:
1/16th (teaspoon) X 2 (twice a week) X 4 (for a 4 week supply) = 1/2 teaspoon per month.
As I have a 180l (approx 40 Gallon) I have just doubled the dose.
So for me it is 1 teaspoon per month mixed with 200ml of tap water and dosed 25ml, twice a week. The 200ml last for 4 weeks (8 doses).
For your reassurance, whilst I was experimenting, I have overdosed on trace but saw no difference in plant performance so went back down to my 1 teaspoon and the shrimp were fine.

Chris
 
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