Brand New Setup New to Aquasoil (came from dirted tank)

KarateQuat

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So far I've dealt with a lot of melt back and I'm sad but I know I'll gradually come back from it.
 

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The tank is a marineland 75 gallon
week aqua p1200
sunsun 525gph with sera reactor
dosing 15N/ 20K/ 8P
for micros im using plantex csm+b and dosing abt 7ppm a week
I have fzone reg
 
Hang in there. It can be frustrating seeing the die back / melt. Aquatic plants are very very resiliant so they will bounce back. Water changes are your friend.
 
Hang in there. It can be frustrating seeing the die back / melt. Aquatic plants are very very resiliant so they will bounce back. Water changes are your friend.
yessir i've been hanging in and cleaning as much as possible haha. I will jsut rebuy more plants when the tank stablizes.
 
Back onto my post, lately as I'm dosing I do notice that halfway into the week I'm having about 5ppm for nitrates. Is that too little? How much should I be dosing for fresh aquasoil? I bought the saliferts stuff to help me find out how NPK I will have at the end of a week. Is EI the best method for now?
 
Back onto my post, lately as I'm dosing I do notice that halfway into the week I'm having about 5ppm for nitrates. Is that too little? How much should I be dosing for fresh aquasoil? I bought the saliferts stuff to help me find out how NPK I will have at the end of a week. Is EI the best method for now?
Which type of AS do you have? In the beginning you really only need to worry about micros with AS but that also depends on which brand you have. For example there is a massive difference between using ADA AS and Fluval Stratum, one is loaded with nutrients and the other not so much. For now I think just having detectable levels is fine, but stay consistent, plants like consistency.

On a separate note, what was your experience with “dirt” in the past? I’m a fan and use it myself so curious how you went about it and what you used?
 
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