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Auto Dosing right nutrient concentrations

Discussion in 'Advanced Strategies and Fertilization' started by kakulo83, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. kakulo83

    kakulo83 Junior Poster

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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.
     
  2. 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
     
  3. kakulo83

    kakulo83 Junior Poster

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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?
     
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