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Re: [APD] Random Musings on Ammonia Supplementation

Well, it sounds like you don't trust the results Tom B has reported. Be sure and report back your results.


----- Original Message ----
From: Jerry Baker <jerry at bakerweb_biz>
To: APD <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2006 10:44:39 AM
Subject: [APD] Random Musings on Ammonia Supplementation

Has anyone tried using pure ammonia as a nitrogen source for a planted 
tank? I know about its dangers, but it seems to me that if you can set 
up a trickle (like an IV drip) that doesn't exceed your plants' and 
biological filter's appetite you have an exceedingly cheap source of 
nitrogen at your disposal. Of course KNO3 is pretty cheap and not a 
problem, but where's the fun in doing things the old-fashioned way? ;)

It has been speculated that ammonium will encourage algae, but I'm not 
convinced that ammonium ions are a sufficient condition for algae 
outbreaks. I just wondered if there would be any material difference in 
the overall growth/health of the plants. I'm probably going to give it a 
go here in a little bit with a tank full of plants and no fish, but I 
wanted to see if anyone else had tried it.

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