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Old 04-14-2009, 10:20 AM   #101 (permalink)
 
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Hoppy, can you elaborate on the continuous water change system? for water condition, I used the NovAqua conditioner, and what do you recommend as far as test kit? so far i'm i have a drop checker ensuring 30ppm co2, ph test kit and GH/KH test kit. My fish are very healthy only when it comes in time of water change. I utilize the spill-free phyton kit, so basically water comes out and new water goes back in right away then i add the water conditioner after the tank is filled back up. Maybe is because this, my fishes are experiencing shock. However, using this spill free water exchange method is so simple and quick, and best of all, no mess in my carpeted room.
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When you start to re fill the tank make sure you put in the conditioner first. I like to put it on the intake side of the filter. Then when the tank is filled I put in another full dose of water conditioner. This works ewell for me. I use a siphon system to get the water out via a bucket , a 3/4" hose & some pre made PVC lengths for an accurate WC at 50 %. I re fill from a kitchen faucet to which I attached a 3/8" 50 ' coil hose. It works well for me.
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:46 PM   #102 (permalink)
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I"m using this method:

20-40 Gallon Aquariums
+/- ¼ tsp KN03 3x a week
+/- 1/16 tsp KH2P04 3x a week
+/- 1/16 tsp (5ml) Trace Elements 3x a week
50% weekly water change

Does Flourish Excel count as a source of trace elements?
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Hi Kamon. Flourish Excel is only a source of carbon in lieu of CO2
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how do you gauge whether to increase or decrease the dosage ? just experiment with it ?
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how do you gauge whether to increase or decrease the dosage ? just experiment with it ?
I am far from being an expert but......
According to Tom Barr you can't OD the tank, with one exception - P04
I read that it is suggested that you use the same doses for a minimun of 3 weeks.
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can anyone tell me if the 50% water is actually safe for the fish? isn't that a little too much for the little guys?
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also are those 3 fertilizers the only thing i have to add for optimal health for my plants???
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Hi mahchay

A 50% water change is safe. I match the tank temperature +/- 5 degrees. I fill with a bucket and I dose with a dechlorinizer (like Prime) before I add it to the tank.

Yes, KNO3, KH2PO4, and trace elements (like CSM+B) are the basic elements in fertilizing the with the EI method.
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i would concur with my buddy Roy. I have been doing 50 % EI water changes for one year now with no apparent fish stress. I even put Prime into the tank as I add the water through a Python, which is probably not the most preferred method-but it works.


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A 50% water change is safe. I match the tank temperature +/- 5 degrees. I fill with a bucket and I dose with a dechlorinizer (like Prime) before I add it to the tank.

Yes, KNO3, KH2PO4, and trace elements (like CSM+B) are the basic elements in fertilizing the with the EI method.
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I want to start dosing this in my 29 gallon. However it is not planted to dense so i want to dose half the required ferts. Does this mean i can change 25% of water instead of 50? Also what is the example for the 29 in the beggining. It does not show up on my screen. Thanks so much. =D


BTW Hopefully it will help me get rid of my hair algae and the GSA
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