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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #1431
on 01:48 AM 12/5/99 , Aquatic Plants Digest wrote:
>I need some KNO3 but it is not sold overhere, just as the 'stump removers'
>containing it. I read in the archives that salpeter can be used but to my
>understanding that's not the same? Are there any alternatives, what do you
>use as an alternative and how much.
Saltpeter *is* Potassium Nitrate (KN03) as far as I know. Just make sure
whatever you buy is pure KNO3.
I do know that Lily Miller's Stump Remover is pure KN03, despite the
confusing label ("Stump Remover plus potassium nitrate"). I tested it
before using it and have used it for half a year with no troubles. It
dissolves pretty easily in water; if you have trouble try heating the
water. I've seen some other brands mentioned specifically on The Krib as
being pure KNO3.
As to how much, you can calculate the precise amount to add based on your
tank's volume and the desired concentration, but most of us just experiment
until we find the amount that works. Use the PMDD recipe as a starting
point. I followed that when mixing my KNO3 (although I don't use PMDD
really, I use Tropica MasterGrow and some KNO3).
michael moncur mgm at starlingtech_com http://www.starlingtech.com/
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