when to start dosing

Discussion in 'Aquarium Fert Dosing' started by forest6, 1 Feb 2009.

  1. forest6

    forest6 Newly Registered

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    hi
    ive started my first planted tank and will be using the ei method.
    my question is after heavly planting the tank when do i start dosing?(ie is there a settling in time for the plants).
    many thanks paul.
     
  2. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi,
    Keep your lighting low and your CO2 high. That's the most important thing for now. You can dose half if you want or you can dose the full amount, but there is no issue in dosing immediately. Some people do choose to wait for a few weeks and are successful with that as well. The plants have a nutrient reserve that can last a few weeks but my philosophy is to dose immediately.

    Cheers,
     
  3. forest6

    forest6 Newly Registered

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    thank you
    the tank is 240lts with pressurized co2 what do you call high co2.current rate 1 bubble per second.
     
  4. Ed Seeley

    Ed Seeley Member

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    You need to measure the CO2 level using a drop checker with 4dKH solution in so that when it's green you have 30ppm CO2. The bubble rate needed to do this will vary wildly from tank to tank.
     
  5. forest6

    forest6 Newly Registered

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    top stuff thank you so much.
    paul
     
  6. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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  7. forest6

    forest6 Newly Registered

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    now confused again let me work it out in my head.
    thanks again. paul
     
  8. LondonDragon

    LondonDragon Administrator Staff Member

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    Reason I gave up on my bubble counter LOL I needed a bubble rate so fast that I couldn't even count it!! lol
     
  9. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    on my old bubble counter it was 3BPS (60L) and with my new one, well, i cant count it lol :rolleyes: at least i know it is the same injection rate as before.
     

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