EI for dummies..

Discussion in 'Planted Tank Equipment' started by shihr, Jan 11, 2012.

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    Thanks. Looks good
     
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    Hey gents .. quick question regarding this method.
    I will be using Seachem Iron instead of the flourish which I belive is causing some slime growth and
    other algae issues.

    Do you guys think it would be ok to mix the flourish iron in a bottle of water?
    Reason being is my tank only needs +-3ml for a week.... there is no way I can divide that by 5 accurately.
     
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    Why not dose 1ml, 3 times per week. I could be wrong but don't think you can premix Seachem iron into a solution
     
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    @Joshua Tree - i agree with you man.
    Good to get confirmation on the 3 times a week.
    I can easily do that.
     
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    Leave it in the bottle - I use the Seachem Iron as I showed you. I use a 10ml syringe. Get one from the pharmacy... Very accurate. Might cost you R6 or so :D You put the 3ml into your 500ml bottle of water, with your Lenolax and salt petre and add 100ml for day :)
     
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    hahaha, hey man, hows life!!
    So busy ... hemorrhaging assignments left right and center... that I've completely forgotten to catch up.
    The cows are busy running the show down here man!
    Lank great full. Threw a few ottos in and now I see a little BBA starting on my drift wood. oh the joys eh.

    Anyways, this dosing news is excellent. I can hardly believe it, the fact that it stays stable with phosphates and nitrates and potassium.
    Anyways, if it makes my life easier, I'm all for it, and I'm happy to hear you have already done the experimenting for me already.
    Will mix up the batch and see what happens.
     
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    Anyone have experience with alternatives to Trelmix? i.e. different brands,
    Sorry if this has already been covered.
     
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    As far as I'm aware, BetterWeather has CSM-B. Another more popular trace mix it seems.
    Never used it. But one day I will definitely give it a shot.
     
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    How about: Wonder, SHAKE 'N GROW? could this be used?
     
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    Is there still a Lenolax availability problem currently? I may walk to the mall at lunch if it's not raining and go see anyway. Thanks.
     
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    Not realy, I got Lenolax and Salt Petre from Clicks, the ones with a pharmacy, just the other day.
     
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    Ah shot @DaveAbes. Went to Dischem just now. 50g saltpetre R29.95, and Lenolax 135ml for R34.95 if anyone is curious. Cheap as chips and last ages. EI is so easy.

    When the girl behind you checks out that Lenolax in your hands, well then.... !
     
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    Bwahahahahaha yeah ... The feels are real bro.
     
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    Or when the cashier looks at you strangely for buying excessive amounts of saltpetre...
     
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    I bought lenolax at clicks yesterday plenty available N1 city.
     
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    I am considering possibilities for fertilisation at the moment - this is really a fantastic thread.

    As far as I understand from previous posts, we (probably?) do not need to add dolomite (for calcium and magnesium) in Johannesburg (or Krugersdorp...) I have recently tested the tap water as follows: GH 6 and KH 5. Would the advice of not adding calcium and magnesium still be correct?

    And assuming I do want (or need) to add calcium and magnesium at some stage: I would like to avoid dolomite for the reported cloudiness, so would like advice on alternatives that are readily available (e.g. at Clicks or Dischem; and avoiding more expensive branded products). For magnesium the APSA calculator lists epsom salts. For calcium there is plaster of paris (and calcium carbonate - but I am not sure of a source).

    Would any of these be recommended as alternatives to dolomite?
     
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    I normally add about one teaspoon of gypsum into a cup of water and then poor it into the filter. The gypsum slowly dissolves in the water and there's never any cloudiness. A few days later I test the GH to see if it is within the target range. If it is, then I'll wait about one week to test again, etc . . .
     
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    Thank you for the reply @Greystoke (I just saw it a moment ago). Would plaster of paris dissolved in water lead to the same result (I did google the difference - but as you might have picked up, I am quite new to this). And any thoughts on epsom salts for magnesium? Thanks!
     
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    @dtsf15 - I'm using Aquavitro Mineralize.
    Then again, that's just what I have stumbled upon thus far.
    It really comes down to your fert regime tho - as some people get their Ca/Mg from other products.
    For this EI dosing though, I have found it to be quite good.
     
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