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TAS Estimative Index Macro + Micro Mix

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Macro and Micro Mix (1 litre) worth

Contents:

Potassium Nitrate

Mono-potassium Phosphate

Magnesium Sulfate

Chelated Trace Element Mix

 

Instructions:

  1. Disinfect container
  2. Mix Packet A (Macro) with 500ml distilled water / room-temperature water that has been boiled
  3. Mix Packet B (Micro) with 500ml distilled water/ room-temperature water that has been boiled
  4. Keep refrigerated and away from sunlight when not in use for best results
  5. Using the daily schedule below add the following 3 times a week:
    5ml of Macro solution per 50 litres of water
    2.5ml of Micro solution per 50 litres of water

 

Daily Schedule

Sunday 50% water change. Add Macros (KNO3, KH2PO4)
Monday Add Micros
Tuesday Add Macros (KNO3, KH2PO4)
Wednesday Add Micros
Thursday Add Macros (KNO3, KH2PO4)
Friday Add Micros
Saturday Rest day

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Description

Estimative Index was created By Tom Barr to be a simple method for dosing nutrients to planted tanks without the need for monitoring nutrient levels using test kits. Basically the aquarist doses the tank with a slight excess of nutrients throughout the week to prevent anything from running out and does a large water change at the end of the week to prevent anything from building up. In this way we can provide a close approximation or Estimative Index of the nutrient levels during the week as we know what is being added and also what is removed in the water change. Estimative Index works best with high light systems and well planted tanks, but can be adapted for lower light systems by reducing the dosing..

The process of dosing is fairly simple. Each day (less for lower light systems) the fertilisers are dosed according to general guidelines based on tank size. At the end of the week a 50% water change is performed to remove organic waste build-up in the tank. Then the process is restarted again. The 50% water change is just a guideline and doesn’t have to be followed but doing a larger water change will have greater accuracy of nutrient levels.

Notes

Estimative Index isn’t about aiming for parameters, but supplying everything to a slight excess of the plants requirements. These are general parameters that plants grow well in and as long as they are reached you shouldn’t have any problems.

Nitrate 20 – 30 ppm
Phosphate 1 – 3 ppm
Potassium 20 – 30ppm
CO2 30ppm

Estimative Index is highly dependent on a good level of CO2 which must be maintained at a stable 30ppm through the whole of the photo period. More than 90% of all algae problems on planted tank forums are because of poor or fluctuating CO2 levels.

Also of great importance, and often overlooked, is to have good water circulation around the whole tank. This is vital in getting the CO2 and nutrients to the plants. As a general guideline aim for 10x or more of rated filter flow to tank volume.

If you are dosing a leaner Estimative Index then you may wish to supplement the potassium levels to compensate for the lower amounts being added from the potassium nitrate and monopotassium phosphate. Adding an extra 10ppm potassium from potassium sulphate weekly should be fine.

 

Instructions:

Using the daily schedule below add the following 3 times a week:
5ml of Macro solution per 50 litres of water
2.5ml of Trace solution per 50 litres of water

Sunday 50% water change. Add Macros
Monday Add Micro
Tuesday Add Macros
Wednesday Add Micro
Thursday Add Macros
Friday Add Micro
Saturday Rest day

 

Contains:

500ml worth of dry fertilizer mixture – TAS Estimative Index Macro
500ml worth of dry fertilizer mixture – TAS Estimative Index Micro
3ml plastic pipette