06-11-2010, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Mikaila31
High tech and EI does add a lot of work doesn't it! I just did two tanks tonight, except I use the bucket method for most tanks. I don't really get the point of auto fert dosing. I've seen setups, but it just seems like a expensive luxury that doesn't save a lot of time. You still have to weigh and mix up the fertilizer solutions for auto dosing. Thats the bulk of the work with EI. It takes all of 30 seconds to measure out 12mL with a free syringe. Then again the most difficult part of EI for me is to actually remember to add ferts on a daily basis. All my tanks have post-it notes reminding my ADD mind to do something.
Yes I had a dual 20G EI setup, it was a lot of work but very nice looking, except an careless mistake killed all the fish. During a normal weekly water change I got distracted while adding the water back, I was refilling using a 1/4" water line so it took some time; well I forgot. The next day I went down to a wounderfully clean tank full of dead fish, it never over flowed because the sump had an over flow drain.
My thought behind the Auto fert dosing was that I would buy one 5 gallon water jug for each fert and hook that to the auto doser. 5 gallons of fert solution is about 1900ML I figure thats enough to for about 1 month Also the location this tank will be in will not be as easy to get to.