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My routine... Sound reasonable?

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by PhillyB, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. PhillyB

    PhillyB Prolific Poster

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    All,

    Wanted to run my fert. routine for 2 excel tanks, and see if anyone saw any reason to adjust. I have been experiencing decent growth with some green spot algae. The algae is a minimal problem as it usually only shows up on the glass.

    10 gallon tank
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    28 watts of Power Compact lighting on for 8 hours per day.
    Fluorite substrate.
    Tetra Whisper HOB filter rated for 40 gallons. This seems like a lot, so I turn down the output a little bit. I have a rio 180 in there as well that the fish like to swim against.
    I change the water 70% once per week and add the following to the tank after the water change:
    - 5ml of Seachem Excel
    - 2.5 ml of TMG trace elements
    - 1/4 tsp of Calcium Sulfate
    - 1/8 tsp of Magnesium Sulfate
    - 1/8 tsp of Potassium Nitrate
    - 1/32 tsp of Mono Potassium Phosphate
    - 1/16 tsp of Potassium Sulfate
    I only do all of that once per week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I typically add about 2.5 ml of Seachem Excel. The lowest measurement on my cup is 2.5 ml so I try to add less than that with a target of about 1 ml.

    20 gallon high
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    36 watts of Power Compact lighting on for 10 hours per day.
    Inert gravel substrate.
    Tetra Whisper HOB filter rated for 40 gallons. I have a rio 180 in there as well to keep the water flowing!
    I change the water 70% once per week and add the following to the tank after the water change:
    - 10ml of Seachem Excel
    - 5 ml of TMG trace elements
    - 1/2 tsp of Calcium Sulfate
    - 1/4 tsp of Magnesium Sulfate
    - 1/4 tsp of Potassium Nitrate
    - 1/16 tsp of Mono Potassium Phosphate
    - 1/8 tsp of Potassium Sulfate
    I only do all of that once per week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I typically add about 2.5 ml of Seachem Excel.

    I do the fert additions only once per week as that makes things much easier for me. I came to these approximations because the excel growth should be about 1/3 of CO2 growth, correct?

    Does the trace element addition seem pretty reasonable?

    Despite the inert gravel I have not been having any problems with the plants in this setup. They are easier plants... Eleocharis acicularis, Bacopa Caroliana, Cardinal Lobelia, Rotala Indica, Ludwigia, and Hygrophilia Difformis.

    Thanks,
    John
     
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