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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #1692
> > Mr. Barr wrote:
> > "I've put it off long enough.
> > I'm going to give the Plantex trace mix a try. It's extremely cheap and
> > the rate I use traces, I'm considering using this product much the same
> > I've used Flourish and TMG. Flourish has a broad spectrum and this
> > Welcome to the dark side. Walk into the light, all are welcome....
> Well when I started trying to find consensus I started using TMG. Karen
> Neil were using it when I started comparing notes to make it as even as I
> could. I used that as the yard stick. Now there are other brands and cheap
> ways of doing it and have have never used the Plantex product but it is
> widely popular.
> > If by "broad spectrum" you mean the ultra-trace elements, I think those
> > with water changes, assuming reasonably hard tapwater.
> I have some traces from the flourish trace. From what I've seen in other
> folk's tanks, these are not needed by the plants to any degree and as you
> say are provided from other sources(Food/tap water etc).
Is Boron included in the list of traces that are available in sufficient
quantity from tap water? Older postings talk about the lack of Boron in the
CSM / Plantex mix and that adding Boric Acid in the proper proportion is a
simple fix. I have been planning on switching to CSM once my commercial
stuff is gone and thought I would need to add Boric Acid. The water here is
soft and the water department does not list Boron on water report.
> > "I am going to use the Sears Conlin recipe as a yardstick since so many
> > that already. I'd like to be able to compare the mixture to Flourish and
> > etc."
> > I think it way underdoses K. I use Gadd's calculator website and just
> > the dry elements until I get readings for Fe and N.
> I still do the macro's dry and separate. I'm simply referring to the trace
> mix here.
Is there any real disadvantage to dosing macros that are mixed in water? Or
traces for that matter. I get residue around the lip of the KNO3 bottle -
but it doesn't seem to be a problem and the mixing allows very small doses.
I think I wrote something that might give the impression of an all
> in one dropwise mix such as the complete mix suggest. I do not intend to
> that. I know what the macro's do better using them separate rather than
> mixed. This is simply a replacement for the TMG and Flourish products that
> cost a fair amount if you dose like I do.
I need to go back through my dosing and buying patterns but am guessing that
even with extremely moderate use on one 75 gal. tank I use $35 worth of
traces in less than a year. That is about the cost of 5# of the Plantex - a
lifetime supply. Or share with others and pay for 1# in a few months and
still might have a lifetime supply.
Minneapolis, sittin' out the blizzard.
I do not have a PMDD all in one
> Tom Barr