Starting with EI

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    Hi all.

    I have just set up my first planted tank.
    The details are as follows:
    Tank: 600 X 325 X 355 (L X B X H) 69L
    Filter: Textra EX 700 (700 L/H)
    Heater: 50W
    Lights: 1 X Dual 24W Odyssea T5 with 1 X Sylvania Grolux and 1 X Sylvania Aquastar (10000K)
    Substrate: 9L ADA Aquasoil Amazonia
    Total water volume to fill: 70L
    No injected CO2, but am willing to try Excel.

    This will be my first planted tank, and I need some help with dosing of ferts.
    From a previous thread I started, I was advised to start with EI, but on the lower end of the scale.
    I worked the Shir's 'receipe' and this is what I came up with:

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    I can't seem to get the Mg down with this combination.
    Would this be okay to start with, or am I just looking for trouble?

    TIA
     
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    Are you using Equilibrium ?
     
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    Hi Trevor.

    Nope.
    I am using nothing other than Shir's 'recipe':

    And I quote:

    N-Saltpeter (Dischem)
    P-Lenolax (Dischem)
    K-Natures-"No Salt" (Dischem in the healthy foods section)
    Traces-Trelmix (garden centers / checkers)
    Calcium and Magnesium-Dolomite pills (Dischem)

    End quote.

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    I know there have been various debates in the past regarding Trelmix, I used it for a year then went over to Flourish Comprehensive for my traces..

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