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Dosing EI guidance please!

Discussion in 'Are you new to aquatic plants? Start here' started by Matthew RJ, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. Matthew RJ

    Matthew RJ New Member

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    My tank is 38 Gallons (40). I've just started pressurized CO2 this past week, and I'm adjusting it based on the appearance of the fish. Most fish seem fine, but 1 does act a little wonky. Of course it's old and acted wonky even without the gas. At some point I'd like to add a CO2 controller to be sure.

    Next step is dosing EI. According to the EI light thread, my tank is on the border of two different sets of measurements.
    http://www.barrreport.com/showthread.php/2819-EI-light-for-those-less-techy-folks

    What should I do with my dosing amounts?
     
  2. jerrybforl

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    I always dose the next grouping above my tank size. You will be doing your 50% water change I'm assuming. This will get rid of any excess nutes not used.

    Also don't waste your money on a pH controller. Just slowly adjust your CO2. Watch your fish. If you see good plant growth and fish are good, you should be good. Your money would be better spent on a PAR meter!

    Be we need more specifics on your tank.

    1. Lighting
    What kind? How long are you running? What kind of bulbs?

    2. What kind of filter are you running?

    3. What kind of plants are you keeping?

    4. How dense is your tank planted?

    I'm sure I went further than your original question, but it will help you in the long run.

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    I always dose the next grouping above my tank size. You will be doing your 50% water change I'm assuming. This will get rid of any excess nutes not used.

    Also don't waste your money on a pH controller. Just slowly adjust your CO2. Watch your fish. If you see good plant growth and fish are good, you should be good. Your money would be better spent on a PAR meter!

    Be we need more specifics on your tank.

    1. Lighting
    What kind? How long are you running? What kind of bulbs?

    2. What kind of filter are you running?

    3. What kind of plants are you keeping?

    4. How dense is your tank planted?

    I'm sure I went further than your original question, but it will help you in the long run.
     
  3. Matthew RJ

    Matthew RJ New Member

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    Thanks for the reply, and the next group above makes sense. Yes, I'll be doing 50% water change.

    To answer your question(s)
    substrate is fluorite
    Lights: T5HO, aquaticlife, 36", two bulbs (-Roseate 39 WAY -6000K 39 WAY)
    Filter: Eheim Pro 3 2071
    Diffuser: GLA atomic inline

    Plants: Right now they're beginner, easy plants. Crypt, sword, jungle val, dwarf sagittaria
    Here's a picture of my tank just before turning on the gas.
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  4. Matthew RJ

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    Thanks for the reply, and the next group above makes sense. Yes, I'll be doing 50% water change.

    To answer your question(s)
    substrate is fluorite
    Lights: T5HO, aquaticlife, 36", two bulbs (-Roseate 39 WAY -6000K 39 WAY)
    Filter: Eheim Pro 3 2071
    Diffuser: GLA atomic inline

    Plants: Right now they're beginner, easy plants. Crypt, sword, jungle val, dwarf sagittaria
    Here's a picture of my tank just before turning on the gas.
     

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    I'm not sure my reply ever made it through (trying again).

    Thank you for your response, and yes, the next size up does make sense. I'll do the 50% water change.

    To answer your question(s) & more about my tank:
    substrate is fluorite
    Lights: T5HO aquaticlife, 2 bulbs, Roseate 39 WAY / 6000K 39 WAY
    Filter: Eheim pro 3, 2071
    Plants: easy beginner plants but looking to change. Right now, crypt, java fern, jungle vals, sword, and dwarf sagittaria. I'm thinking of removing the java fern so I have more room to plant, add a carpeting plant, and add a plant (red?) with colour.

    I tried to add a picture last time, but that might have been the problem.
     
  6. Matthew RJ

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    more detail

    I'm not sure my reply ever made it through (trying again).

    Thank you for your response, and yes, the next size up does make sense. I'll do the 50% water change.

    To answer your question(s) & more about my tank:
    substrate is fluorite
    Lights: T5HO aquaticlife, 2 bulbs, Roseate 39 WAY / 6000K 39 WAY
    Filter: Eheim pro 3, 2071
    Plants: easy beginner plants but looking to change. Right now, crypt, java fern, jungle vals, sword, and dwarf sagittaria. I'm thinking of removing the java fern so I have more room to plant, add a carpeting plant, and add a plant (red?) with colour.

    I tried to add a picture last time, but that might have been the problem.
     
  7. Matthew RJ

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    My apologies. ...mods, please delete multiple posts. As a new user, there's a delay before new threads are posted to cut down on spam. I wasn't sure the message went through and ret-tried.
     
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    That's an awful lot of Magnesium! Following this calculator, my Hygros will get pinholes from K deficiency.
     
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    No need for calcs when Tom has already done all the leg work. Just follow the EI dosing, and you will be fine!
     
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