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EI Guidance

Discussion in 'Advanced Strategies and Fertilization' started by groovyfishguy, May 23, 2005.

  1. groovyfishguy

    groovyfishguy Prolific Poster

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    I have been roughly following the EI Using The seachem line for about 3 weeks. So far the results are amazing. Since I set up this tank 2 months ago I have had some BBA, Gren dust, and what I think is staghorn... Alll seem to be in retreat now...

    Heres the tank Parameters
    190 Gallons
    4x96 CF Lighting with reflectors
    11 Hour a day photoperiod
    Undergravel filter (soon to be replaced with 2 Eheim's)
    Pressurised co2 kept in the 30ppm range with lights
    PH 6.9 Photoperiod
    PH 7.5 Non Photo
    KH 8
    NO3 seems to be hovering around 20-25


    Water Report

    Copper 1.12 ppm
    ph 7.6
    calcium 72ppm
    magnesium 26ppm
    Nitrate .458 ppm
    Ortho Phosphate .058 ppm
    Potassium .0036 ppm
    Sulfate 230 ppm
    Silica 8.8 ppm
    Hardness 290 ppm
    TDS 633 Ppm


    Plants
    15 Italian Vals
    15 Vals
    20 Dwarf Sag
    15 C Willisi
    15 C Wendtii
    15 C Balanese
    4 C Lucen
    20 Stems Golden Jenny (growing like mad)
    10 Anubius Nana
    2 Anubius Coffeola
    3 Large Red Spot Ozelot Swords
    3 Small Red spot ozelot swords
    1 Kleiner Bar sword
    20 Java Ferns

    Fish

    9 Clown Loaches
    6 Botia Histrionica
    4 Botia Striata
    2 Botia Sids.
    5 Panda Cories
    2 Porthole Cats
    9 Oto Cats
    3 Rubbernose Plecos
    3 CLown Plecos

    12 Rummynose tetras
    14 Glowlight Tetras
    12 Lemon Tetras
    1 Bamboo Shrimp

    So I Guess I would consider this a Light/Medium Planted Tank with a Medium/Heavy fish load ( Not quite one inch per gallon ATM)

    So here is what I was going to dose

    1.5tsp KNO3 4x a week
    .25 KH2PO4 4x a week
    35 Ml CSM+B 3x a week (based on one TBSP per 250 ml solution)

    When I was switching over I ran out of K and I think it bottomed out my new growth on my vals was almost white.. hardly any green.

    What do you all think is this regiment a good place to start?

    Eagerly waiting your instruction :cool:
    Robert
     
  2. Tom Barr

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    Re: EI Guidance

    Well, the KNO3 adds enough K+ for 4x the tank/plant biomass.
    I suppose you mean when you were dosing the SeaChem stuff?

    Anyway, GH/KH are great.
    Copper is interestingly high, might want to test that in the tap/tank.

    Crypts like Copper actually.

    I'd suggest a lot more Anubiuas nana, some java fern etc in the darker recesses, on wood etc.

    The routine sounds good.

    Make the water changes easy on you, use a large siphon to drain or hard plumb or see the water change device links on the net.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  3. groovyfishguy

    groovyfishguy Prolific Poster

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    Re: EI Guidance

    Tom,

    Yeah I was using seachem and ran out of the K+ before I got gregs stuff
    Thanks for the tips I will keep you posted.
     
  4. Tom Barr

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    Just give it a few weeks and keep up on things and the tank will stabilize well.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  5. tnnlynch

    tnnlynch Lifetime Charter Member
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    Re: EI Guidance

    Are you worried the clown loaches will get a bit crowded as the tank grows in and they get larger? I have 6 red line barbs (puntius desonii) that seem a bit crowded by the plant growth in my 120. Then again maybe the fish love it as their color is fine. Anyway, it sounds like a really nice tank. Good luck with eliminating the algae.
    Tom
     
  6. groovyfishguy

    groovyfishguy Prolific Poster

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    Im not too worried about it as they don't grow too fast. I've had 3 of them for about 2 years and they are maybe 4 inches the others are all around an inch or so.
     
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