02-21-2007, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by fish_4_all
That may work, I don't know. I dose my tanks with everything and there is an excess of everything in my tanks and I only get algae when I don't dose the way I should.
To give you an idea, I dose the following
30ppm NO3 weekly, dosed 10ppm 3x a week
2.7-3.0ppm PO4 weekly, dosed .88ppm 3x a week
0.87-1.0ppm iron weekly, .29ppm dosed on opposite days of the above
Calcium once a week to 12ppm, after water change
Magnesium once a week to 3ppm, after water change
Never a shortage and the levels are well within target ranges that are safe for the fish. I don't think you need to dose those levels but some of the long time fish keepers I have talked to say that most algae problems are caused by something bottoming out along with an access of something else. As long as there is a balance, then you don't have the problems with algae. An excess once something else bottoms out can be as little as .25ppm NO3 if there is not enough PO4 or Iron to balance it so it doesn't take much.
I will increase my flourish dosing to daily and see what happens, I also have liquid cheated iron. Should I start adding that too? I figured that flourish had everything I need. How do I test for PO4?