Auto Dosing right nutrient concentrations

kakulo83

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Hi all, I will be leaving soon for Germany and currently I am trying to set up an auto doser for my 65gallon (approx 60gal). The tank is heavily planted with fast growers, is CO2 supplemented, and has 6watt/gallon. I've checked Chucks calculator and the APC fertilator and decided with the following:

30240ml of water with 100 tsp KNO3, 100 tsp K2SO4. If I plugged the right #s, each 1ml of solution I add should give me .05ppm NO3 and .07ppm K. I will add 200ml every day.

Question 1). I have access right now to only Fleet Enema, how much should
I add to the 30240ml of water so that with 200ml I am adding
an appropriate amount?
Question 2). 100 tsp of either KNO3 and/or 100 K2SO4 seems like a lot, will
it be able to dissolve in room temp water?

Any information will be greatly appreciated. I have worked hard to make this 6watt/gallon tank work without too much algae. I would really be disappointed if I come home to fat plecos. Thanks again.
 

Tom Barr

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Re: Auto Dosing right nutrient concentrations

How big is the tank, what is the dosing rate of the dosing pump?

Regards,
Tom Barr
 

kakulo83

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Sep 8, 2005
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Re: Auto Dosing right nutrient concentrations

Hi Tom, the aquarium is 65gal roughly 60gals. Nutrient mix is in a plastic storage container filled with ~30240ml of water. Peristaltic pump is APT SP100, flow rate is .9ml/min, I have yet to measure the rate for my setup. Would you recommend that I decrease my lighting while away? Will going from a high to low tech damage plants?