I am thinking that due to the plants I have, which are not fast growers the surplus fertz (NPK) that they have not used on Saturday remains within the water column, more fluid added on Monday NPK and the same on Wednesday - this means excessive amounts of NPK within the water column that the plants cannot or have not use up, so it has feed the algae spores in other words i have been overdosing with NPK through out the week, thread post regarding "What would be the net affect of overdosing". I think through my experience with E.I people should consider the type of plants they have - slow / medium or fast grower then decide whether they should go down this line.
chris1004 said:High Paul sorry that you are disillutioned with things at the moment my heart goes out to you as I know from first hand experience how you feel.
For what its worth Paul I had a similar background in my tank and found that it caused me no end of problems. You can view my troubles here:-
Now I'm not saying that this is definatly your problem but I am fairly sure that it was a large part of mine...Its only been a month or so since I removed it but things have improved massivly since, still early days yet though to be totally certain I know.
When I actually removed the background the algae was so thick on the very top edge that I could scrape it off in thick wads and the deep cracks of the background on closer inspection was also found to be thick with algae. With this ammount of resident algae in the water it didn't really matter how many plant leaves I was pulling off the algae had a stronhold from which to launch its attacks, the ferts just kept it well fed.
I would be interested to know whether anyone has successfully used EI in conjuntion with a textured background?
For the record mine was a jewel imitation rockface, now residing in my 'to be taken to the tip' pile..
adding more fertilisers increases the demand for CO2.I have my suspicions that my plants were no consuming a vast amounts of fertz due to them being slow growers and by adding more every other day was putting an abundance of fertz in the water column which in turn promoted algae to grow faster.
aaronnorth said:adding more fertilisers increases the demand for CO2.I have my suspicions that my plants were no consuming a vast amounts of fertz due to them being slow growers and by adding more every other day was putting an abundance of fertz in the water column which in turn promoted algae to grow faster.
Ok, your drop checker may be green, but then you have to look at distribution, again you have enough turnover but are you sure it is being circulated properly in every corner.
one thing leads to another so you just have to find the swet spot.