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Old 03-17-2019, 12:26 PM   #1
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Ei dosing and water changes

I am currently ei dosing and doing a 50% water change weekly but I am having a diatom problem because my tank is new,

My question is can I do two water changes weekly so my work is easyer cleaning all the diatoms ?

Will this affect my nutritions and plants ?

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Old 03-17-2019, 12:42 PM   #2
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I am currently ei dosing and doing a 50% water change weekly but I am having a diatom problem because my tank is new,

My question is can I do two water changes weekly so my work is easyer cleaning all the diatoms ?

Will this affect my nutritions and plants ?

Thank you
Hello Cook...

Ideally, you fertilize after a large water change, this way you don't remove nutrients. From a waste standpoint, there's no reason to do two large water changes weekly, because it takes a week or more for dissolved waste material to build up to a point that could be toxic to your fish. As you know, the idea behind using the Estimated Index to fertilize your plants is to add more nutrients than the plants use, but not enough that algae becomes a problem. This might state the obvious, but maybe you should tweak your dosing routine.

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I dont think the ei dosing is causing the diatoms, I just think it is just because it's a newish tank, I just want easy work cleaning it all off
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Nerite snails will clean it up.
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Reduce light if you can while you wait out the diatom bloom. Keep dosing the same, 50% or greater 1 x weekly is just fine.
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