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Water TDS as indicator of correct light/fertilizer mix

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by charpin, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. charpin

    charpin Junior Poster

    Dec 18, 2012
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    I m new to planted tanks and still grappling with my lack of experience at finding the right mix of light/Co2 and fertilizer to provide an algae free (as much as possible) tank, good plant growth and stable water conditions for the fragile CRS inhabitants.

    Am I right to believe that adding ferts in the tank increases the TDS and (assuming I have the right mix of macro and micro elements) that a rising TDS reading therefore means I am adding excess ferts that are not used by the plants?

    Thus once I find the proper light/CO2 combination I can tune down my daily fert dose until my TDS becomes stable...

    Is that a sounds methodology or completely missing something?
    #1 charpin, Aug 30, 2013
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