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Re: [APD] on that nitrate..

Tropica Master Grow and SeaChem Flouish are both excellent Trace Nutrient mixes but not sources of the Macro Nutrients. You can add prepackaged Nitrate, Phosphorous, Potassium from SeaChem, but I don't think it's any easier than just getting dry chemicals from Greg Watson.
If you have too much nitrate already, you probably don't want to add more. You probably want to add more P and K and traces so, assuming that a lack of one or more of these is holding back the plants form using more of the N.
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----- Original Message ----
From: Jerry Baker <jerry at bakerweb_biz>
To: aquatic plants digest <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2006 9:40:17 PM
Subject: Re: [APD] on that nitrate..

Eli Moss wrote:
> Yeah, a denitrifying filter is a bit impractical.  I still do have a problem
> with nitrate, though.  I feed sparingly, yet it seems to skyrocket easily.
> The fish load is pretty modest, too.  I don't have any problems with algae,
> but plant growth is still relatively leisurely.  I've got 80 watts and 10
> hours per day of fluorescent shoplight over 40 gallons, with DIY co2 and
> weekly Yamato Green.  What can I do to accelerate growth?  PMDD is an
> option, but anything less time-consuming would be wonderful.  I am not
> exactly leisurely at the time being.  Any fert brands recommended?

I had good success with Tropica Master-Gro. It isn't sold in the United 
States as far as I know, but you can order it from Big Al's 
and they ship it to the U.S.

I was running 220W over a 75G and I ran into problems with a nitrogen 
shortage fairly quickly. The algae came. Soon after adding nitrate and 
phosphates the algae left.

You didn't say what level of CO2 you have in the tank.

Jerry Baker
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