Multiple Questions

jonathan11

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I'm a newbie to raising plants, so please be merciful and understanding of my questions.
Tom mentioned a CA/MG ratio of 4:1 in one of his comments referencing GH- Is this by volume or weight? And would this be a good ratio to maintain in a start up as well as an established tank? Are there any generalities in relation to GH that could be stated for a start up tank, where plants are the primary concern?
Is there any place I could procure an accurate, low cost scale for measuring my compounds in grams? This seems to be preferred over volume (tsp/tbs).
References in this forum when adding mls of nutrients to various tanks by members & Tom- Is there an accepted "standard", such as 1 tbs to 250 ml of H2O?
Kudos to Tom & Greg- since I've started following your philosophy/recommendations, my tank has exploded with plant growth!! I'm at the stage where I nuke it frequently with ferts and the plants are going wild! Uncontrolled, vertical growth. :) :) Can't bring myself to prune or eliminate anything, I'm so pleased. And finally, no bloody algae! No algae!!!
 

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Re: Multiple Questions

jonathan11 said:
I'm a newbie to raising plants, so please be merciful and understanding of my questions.
Tom mentioned a CA/MG ratio of 4:1 in one of his comments referencing GH- Is this by volume or weight?

Either is fine, this is not accurate rocket science, close is plenty good enough, the method is very flexible and is design as such.
If you screw anything up, the water change will solve it soon enough.
GH in apticular have a very wide range, from 20ppm to 500ppm.

50-150ppm is good.
Merciful enough? hehe

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Tom Barr