03-19-2005, 04:47 AM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Dayton, Ohio
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Glad to hear it is working for you! I would check both your NO3 and PO4 levels to see what the tank has used since the last tests and go from there. I don't believe it is necessary to keep any type of ratio, be it 23:1, 16:1 or 10:1 (kinda makes things more complicated if you ask me) but rather to make sure you don't run out of anything. As you have noticed, with low PO4 things don't grow as quickly or as nicely. I'd be interested in hearing what your NO3 and PO4 levels are now.
Manually remove the algae and maybe decrease your PO4 a bit (2ml every other day?) and see how things do. Give it some time and observe the changes and adjust your dosing from there.
Plants seem to grow well in my tanks and algae doesn't so I have no desire to take the time to test for ratios and monitor my dosing to keep them in in a certain ratio.
When I test, I usually do it on water change day just to see what the tank has used for the week. If needed, I adjust my dosing for the next week. I usually only test when I decide to decrease or increase dosing. Mostly out of curiosity