I am excited to hear it looks established considering I bought all of those less than two weeks ago!-Mak- said:Nice tank! Besides showing deficiencies, slowing growth Amy be an indicator, by its pretty hard to tell early on.
The water change schedule is based off George Farmer’s (from YouTube, amazing channel). His is a daily WC for the first week after planting, every other day the second week, every three days the third, etc
But your tank I just realized is established, so normal dosing with weekly changes according to the bottle should work just fine
I too have recently found about Prime binding metals also in ferts. Cu, Fe and many others. Could you post an article talking about this issue if you know of any Is it better to avoid Prime in a carefully planted tank? ( 100% 5 Stage RO )Jocelyn Adelman said:Only thing I would change from what @-Mak- said is the dosing... I prefer to dose 24-36 hrs post wc.... once you are on a normal weekly dosing schedule this will be easier... ex water change Sunday, dose Tuesday. Why? First off just the fresh water alone is a benefit... however, more importantly prime (and some others as well) detox metals... possible that some iron, etc can be removed while the prime is active...
While doing wc every other day it is fine to dose the next am... when wc frequency spreads out, spread out the dosing... every other day, every third day dose morning after wc, when get to every 4th day dose 2 after.
once a week is perfect for low tech, three times a week is used for high tech... as the tank established (a few months out) you may find you would need to up dosing to twice a week, but for now once is perfect.
Only other thing to mention is that the sword is too big for your tank... best in 29gal and up... crypt wendtii looks similar and would be a better size fit
I wanted to be on the safe side incase the RO unit misses some trace amounts of chlorine when the RO filters wear out so I switched to a regular dechlorinator.TexasDomer said:If you use RO water, you shouldn't need to add Prime.
I have a pretty high dosing routine and I also dose right after the water change to keep levels stable.Jocelyn Adelman said:@KeeperOfASilentWorld
Prime in and of itself is fine for a planted tank, ideally it will be bonding to the heavy metals in the tank more then the ferts... also the “binders” are rendered useless after 24-48 hrs... (hence the redosing when using for cycling).
Don’t use ro so can’t comment on chloramines etc...not sure of RO removal (if complete, likely prime wouldn’t be needed???)
To avoid I do wc Sunday, macros mon, micros tues, etc... If dosing an all in one I would wc sun, dose tues
Will try to dig up the info I found for reference...