Re: Trace Elements
To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
Subject: Re: Trace Elements
From: "Curtis Hoganson" <hoganson at pilot_msu.edu>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 10:28:28 -0500 (EST)
In-Reply-To: <199601160839.DAA08868 at looney_actwin.com> from "Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com" at Jan 16, 96 03:39:03 am
> From: Roger Sieloff ISDH <sieloff at ideanet_doe.state.in.us>
> Date: Mon, 15 Jan 1996 23:47:23 -0600 (EST)
> Subject: Chemistry 101
> Hi, Roger here. Besides being a Hoosier, I'm also a Chemist, or
> at least that's what the degree states. Here is what I make of the
> hieroglyphics above:
> Chelated trace elements (7%Fe): "Miracle Grow" without the Nitrogen,
> Phosphorus and Potassium. "Trace elements" include Iron (Fe), Boron,
> Copper, Zinc and Magnesium for the most part. "Chelated" means there's
That should be Manganese--it is what makes those oxygen bubbles
people have been looking for. Magnesium is not a trace element.
Trace element solution should also have molybdenum--it allows the
plant to utilize nitrate ions.
> MgSO4.7H2O: Fully hydrated Magnesium Sulfate. Epsom salts. If you
> can't get Epsom salts over the counter in a drugstore anymore, then
> America really HAS gone to hell in a handbasket! If and when you dig
> some up, check the ingredients list, the stuff ought to be pure Epsom
> salt without any bath oils or perfumes.
Epsom salt is still available, I add it in small quantities to my rather
soft tap water when doing water changes.
> Hope this was a sollution,
> Roger L. Sieloff
Thanks for the lessons in chemistry.
Dept. of Chemistry, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824 517-355-9715 ext 260