Need some advice on my non co2 dosing

BradH

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I was using the non co2 dosing method per the sticky. I was using seachem equilibrium and seachem NPK liquids until they run out and I'll switch to dry ferts. However, my main concern is the equilibrium. My tap gh is 7 and it's gone up to 12 in my tank from dosing. I quit dosing the equilibrium until I find out why it's building up and not being used by the plants. Any thoughts or advice? I used the amounts given in the sticky and didn't over dose or anything. Also, I haven't dosed in a while and my gh is still at 12. I just recently added a lot of jungle vals and frogbit, so I'm hoping they will use some of it up.
 

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Water Change?

Hi,

Any new hardscape, rocks, wood, anything changing? :confused:

Best bet to lower the general hardness would be a couple of large (50% +) water changes. ;)

In an of itself 12-dGH is not usually a problem. :)

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BradH

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I have had the tank setup for 2 years and haven't changed anything. However, I just now tested the gh back in November. I had never tested it before. I'm just wondering if maybe I shouldn't be dosing the Equilibrium anymore and just dose some flourish instead.
 

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If It Ain't Broke... Well You Aren't Trying

Hi,

If there are no other problems or indications, I would be reluctant to make changes based on a single test, rather random at that, no baseline.:gw

If things are working and you are happy, I see no reason to change anything. :)

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BradH

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Well, I would agree, but I don't want to keep adding it as my dosing routine and have the gh go up to some crazy high amount. I think I will skip the Equilibrium for now and just Flourish instead, along with N, P, and K.
 

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Still Not Clear...

Hi,

I am still unclear how you “know” that your GH level is heading up to some ridiculous level and what was your reason for using Equilibrium.:confused:

Equilibrium is basically a GH booster, used to reconstitute reverse osmosis or deionized water. :) Flourish is different, it is a micronutrient concoction, the compliment to macronutrients.

Which is kind of my round about way of asking in a specific kind of way what your view of EI dosing is? :)

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BradH

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I know it's heading up because I tested it with a gh test kit. My tap water has a gh of 7 and the water in my tank is gh 12. I was using it per this thread http://www.barrreport.com/showthread.php/2817-Non-CO2-methods

Where Tom states the following
"While trace mixes can be added, I decided to use SeaChem Equlibrium instead.
It has Fe and Mn as well as Ca/K/Mg/SO4.
I will add about 1/4 teaspoon per 20 gal tank once every week or two.
This greatly enhances the growth of the plants.
I also will add about 1/8" and 1/32" teaspoon of KNO3 and KH2PO4 respectively once a week or two."

When I realized that my gh was going up, I switched to Flourish for my micros.