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EI routine question

Discussion in 'Advanced Strategies and Fertilization' started by Patrice, Oct 20, 2006.

  1. Patrice

    Patrice Guru Class Expert

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    Hi everyone,

    I do maintenance for a few people in town. things work well and that's the way I found to play with many tank without having to mutch at home. I use the non-Co2 methode and that way, I can visit my clients only few time every month.
    I would like to try the Co2 methode for some people to create something more impressive. the only problem is to manage this without adding ferts every day or two cause there is no way I can visit them that often. How could I do this? is there some thing I could try to get closer to the CO2 results?

    Thx for your help.
     
  2. Vladimir Zhurov

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    Patrice,

    You can use dosing pumps to add ferts every day without any human intervention except for re-fills of fert solutions. This will be obviously an additional equipment expense for a client.

    Or, if your clients do not mind/forget to feed fish every day you can leave them with small daily packs of dry fertilizers to be added every day as they feed fish.

    But automatic pumps option seems to be much easier in the long run and eliminates possibilities of a client's mistake.

    Regards.

    Vladimir.
     
  3. Patrice

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    thx for your responce,
    do you have any reference about those dosing device?

    regards,

    Patrice
     
  4. Tom Barr

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    I've had poor luck with dosing pumps personally.

    I think having them feed the fish daily etc, they can add a small routine packet of ferts, leave them instructions to feed their plants too!

    They can feed the fish, they can feed the plants.
    Ehiem autodosers are not bad for smaller tanks for liquids etc.

    They can dose 2-3x a week or daily, or their fish feed routine would be best.

    Lower light will make life easier also, use less light and add CO2.
    You'll get very good results.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  5. Patrice

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    less light. like 3 watt can be good? I never used less than 4w/g on co2 tank.
     
  6. Tom Barr

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    Like 2 w/gal.

    Folks could only put that much on their tanks before around 1997 or so. All we really had then were T12 and T8 lighting.

    George Booth's tanks are all 2/w or less.

    2w/gal and CO2 is great and easy.

    The tank is still slowed down in growth at 2/w a gal due mainly to CO2, not light.

    I'm trying to think of a single plant that will not grow at 2 w/gal and I cannot think of any. I have not tried each of the Tonia's and one Erio, but most every other plants is a yes!

    I know some that will grow slower with 2w than 4w/gal, but that's not such a bad thing.

    I've grown nice Gloss at 1.6 w/gal at 28" depth for a client.
    Stuff grows fast too.


    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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