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Daily Dosing

Discussion in 'Advanced Strategies and Fertilization' started by 83mulligan, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. 83mulligan

    83mulligan Junior Poster

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    Tom,

    I just lucked into a free metering pump from a friend of mine in the turf industry. I plan on using it with a timer to dose daily. I'd like to set it up to dose one pint per day for a two week period (sometimes I travel for work). My first question is that with a two gallon mixture, can I use an airstone to keep it agitated as long as the container is vented? Second, my tank isn't set up yet and I have well water. Should I get the well tested to determine a starting point for the estimative index? I'll be using the water before it goes through a softener to eliminate variablilty.

    Thanks,

    Steve
     
  2. Tom Barr

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    Re: Daily Dosing

    I do not add aeration to dosing nutrient reserviors.
    No need.

    A softener will add salt(NaCL or KCL) and a lot.
    I'd by pass that for your tank's water changes.

    Check the KH/Gh of the well water.
    There's not going to be that much variabilty and you end up trading Na/CL/K ions for Ca/Mg which are better and harder to dose back in.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  3. 83mulligan

    83mulligan Junior Poster

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    Re: Daily Dosing

    Do I need a well test for phosphate and nitrates to base calculations off of? Isn't 2 weeks a long time for a complex solution of fertilizer to keep without precipitating?
     
  4. Tom Barr

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    Re: Daily Dosing

    Probably don't need to worry too much in MI about PO4/NO3.
    If there is some in the water, the excess will not hurt..........

    You just might not need to dose one or both them once or twice a week....is all.

    KNO3/KH2PO4 will not precipitate out, the trace mix should be dosed seperately from the macro's. So ideally you'd have 2 dosing pumps and resevirors.

    I suppose you could have one dosing pump and 2 reserivors + a Tee but you'd have to mix them the same time which might cause some precipitation.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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