Dosing schedule

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  1. Jonathan Schor

    Jonathan Schor Active Member

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    I wanted to get some input and advise regarding component 1/2/3 dosing schedules. I'm currently dosing sequentially the full dose of each. What are others doing?
     
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    Full 2, Half of 2 on 1 (Salt mixing a little high on calcium), No 3 (Salt mixing high on mag)

    I base everything off of my alk dosing (2) since that is the one that gets used the most.
     
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    Dose in equal amount and spread the total dosing all over day. If you need any parameter to bring up or down then use individual basic element. Unequal dosing of components can lead to imbalance in minor elements.
     
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    I dose all three equally. Component 1 over 4 hrs. Then wait an hour then component 2 over 5 hours then wait and component 3 over a few hours. Should I be alternating the solutions?
     
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    I do as small as quantity as frequently as possible. Every hour or second hour if you can do it.

    If you get creative you want to dose more during the day when it is consumed and less at night, to keep the alk as stable as possible.
     
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    Yes alternate all 3 component to complete whole schedule and move on to next cycle. Like if you dose 30 ml of each every day then split them in 15 total dosing cycles and dose 2ml of each after every 20 min for a single cycle.
     
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    Same I dose all 3 bottles, 20 min apart every 2 hours. Works good.
     
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    Dose tank so all 1,2,3 are are perfect peramiters. Test levels individually at the end of the week. Subtract the begining of the weeks levels with the end of the weeks levels. This will give you the amount to dose a week for 1,2,3. Divide it by 7 to get you daily dose, then spread that out throughout the day. There is no magical ratio. Its all about doing your tests. Dont get lars (lazy *** reefer syndrome) syndrome.
     
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    I just started dosing 1,2,3.
    I mix my own.
    All 3 in equal amounts, thus far.

    50ml of each, once a day. Am I not pedantic enough?
     
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    Split that 50 ml to 10 doses x 5ml each cycle.
     
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    What would be considered the minimum required time between dosing the cal & alk, per 10ml of solution?
     
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    15 to 20 min is good enough.
     
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    If your dosing by hand sure. If your using dosing pumps then dose cal during the day and alk at night.
     
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    However or whenever you do all the 3 components should dose in a cycle and not separated. So, dose 123 in 15 to 20 min gap never split them differently. This is the recommended process unless you want to try something new.
     
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    You can dose mag whenever its basically mineral salts. Dont dose cal an alk together or else they will precipitate out. That means instead of mixing in your water they will bond and stick to everything.
     
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    I think I know that part quite well...the only thing is Aquaforest doesn't recommend that to do. So, if someone wants to play with it they are welcome but its not recommended.
     
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