Need advice dosing 120gallon EI method

Discussion in 'Aquarium Fert Dosing' started by FishBeast, 8 Dec 2009.

  1. FishBeast

    FishBeast Member

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    Hi guys, I am running a 120 gallon tank via EI method and my tank is 3 months old now and it isnt anything incredible.

    I am using flourite red for substrate topped with river sand.

    312w t5 light 6500k 8 hrs of 156w with 6 hr burst in the middle.
    30ppm co2 my co2 starts 3 hrs before the first light comes on and ends 2 hrs before all lights go out.
    28 degrees celcius
    12x filtration per hour with good surface agitation

    I have dosing:
    1 1/2 tsp KNO3
    1/2 tsp KH2PO4
    1/2 tsp traces

    3x a week.

    So far I have had average growth. Everything is growing reasonably well except the HC. I intend to increase the dosage slightly as of tomorrow.

    2 tsp KNO3
    2 tsp KH2po4
    3/4 tsp traces

    I must add that I have very good water circulation around the tank and that the nutrients and co2 are circulation sufficiently. I would like to know if perhaps because my tank is heavily planted, that upping the dosage would be recommended?
     
  2. Dave Spencer

    Dave Spencer Member

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    It seems as if you know what you are doing, so it is really your decision as to where you go with dosing adjustments. Nobody here is going to have a feel for your tank and flows around it better than you.

    If you feel growth should be a little more dynamic, try carefully tweaking the CO2 up a tad.

    Just one other random thought; 28 degrees C sounds a tad high, but I am not too familiar with the reaction of plants at this temperature.

    Dave.
     
  3. FishBeast

    FishBeast Member

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    OK, thanks for the advice. I think I will increase the dosage a little and do some research into my plants and fish to see what lower temps they are happy growing with.

    Cheers
     

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