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Ei Dosing Creating Cloudy Water

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by bodhitj, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. bodhitj

    bodhitj New Member

    Nov 21, 2018
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    I recently started EI dosing on my tank around two weeks ago. Here are the tank's stats:
    1) 100 gallon tank stock tank
    2) Running CO2 at around 8-10bps
    3) Tank is outside and only lit with direct sunlight
    4) Tank is densely planted with many fast growing species and the bottom of the tank is soil, with a sand cap.

    I used to dose with Thrive+, but it was beginning to get way too expensive so I wanted to switch to EI dry dosing from NilocG instead.

    I'm currently dosing:
    3 tsp KNO3 and 1 tsp KH2PO4 on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Sunday, I add 1.5 tsp of GH Booster on Sunday
    1 tsp Plantex CSM + B on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

    I do my water change on Saturday. I'm dosing so much because my rotala and wisteria were showing signs of deficiencies. Also, my light source is the strongest available, so I figured more nutrients cannot hurt since the demand must be so high. Now the water is cloudy. It doesn't seem like a bacterial bloom, because in the morning when I dose, the cloudiness is gone. The cloudiness then sets in a few hours AFTER I dose. What is happening here? Is the PO4 reacting with Fe? I do not dose micro and macros on the same day so I do not know what the issue is here.

    Another note: Although the rotala rotundifolia stems and wisteria stems are growing insanely fast, the leaves still show signs of deficiencies. Please help me out here.


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