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[APD] EI approach with liquids
Tom, thanks so much for responding, this has been very enlightening!
"Many that think "excess CO2" is bad thing and often still have
BBA due to low CO2, but it's not the CO2 directly, it's the
Yep, I still have a little BBA. I hold it at bay with the Excel (this stuff is awesome in my daughter's no tech/no CO2 tank). I'll buy the CO2 argument though, my probe has been drifting and I would be willing to bet it is low. After the debacle awhile back and losing several of my beloved discus, zebra pleco and a bunch of cardinals, I got a bit skittish and stingy with CO2. I had been dosing heavy with Equilibrium/AB and the CO2 was pouring in. Unfortunately, the O2 was not. Things went very badly. The problem was the O2 but I held the CO2 responsible...
> Haven't checked in awhile but my KH and GH stay around 3-4 due
> to soft water.
"That's fine, add some MgSO4, maybe 1/2 teaspoon or a tad more
after a water change.
TMG also has K+, Mg in it as well. "
I use Flourish, I would have to look to see how much MgSo4 is in it. MgSO4. Can I use epsom salt for this? I think that is what it is. I just received my stuff from Greg Watson and didn't think to order it.
> I can't grow mosses, java fern or bolbitis for squat.
"Then it's all CO2.
Those are classic plants that are first effected by low CO2.
Bolbitus is a fast growing weed with high light, good CO2(mist
etc) and PO4. "
The new pH probe should arrive this week. It never dawned on me that the slow growers would be that affected by CO2. I always assumed it was from battling the "pig" plants for the fertilizer. Guess I missed the forest for the trees!
At that time I add:
> 4 tsp Equilibrium (every other week I add 3 tsp)
> 3 tsp Alkaline Buffer (every other week I add 2 tsp)
"Try less, maybe 1 if and only if you add more CO2. "
I need to clarify, are you saying use 1 tsp total or subtract 1 tsp from what I add now?
> 30 mL Flourish
"3x a week "
> 50 mL Seachem Potassium
> 30 mL Seachem Iron
> 20 mL Seachem Nitrogen
"Add at least this much 3x a week "
Sorry, I am rather dense today, are you saying add 30 mL of Flourish 3x a week or just break it up into three 10mL doses? Same question on the Potassium, Iron, Nitrogen. Multiply my amounts by 3 or break it up and stay at the same total? With the dry chemicals you recommeded 45 mL Flourish. Would it be a different amount using the liquids versus the dry chemicals?
"It's not light etc.
I'd just go the cheap www.gregwatson.com ferts also.
TMG or flourish, whatever you like. "
I received a big box from Greg day before yesterday containing KNO3 and KH2PO4. I also got a cool measuring beaker with mL increments that should come in handy.
"I'd get the dry ferts, they are easier for you.
GH booster 1 table spoon at water change(has more Mg than
SeaChem, less K2SO4)
3/4 teaspoon KNO3-3x a week
1/4 teaspoon KH2PO4-3 x a week
15 mls 3x a week traces
Spike O iron 1-2x a week "
I have the dry chemicals to try but I also have a fresh batch of liquids that I bought several weeks ago so I am up to my ears in both liquid and dry chemicals right now.
I thank you and my slow growing plants thank you!
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