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Bob Alston
BobAlston9 at AOL_com
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From: "Bobalston9" <bobalston9 at aol_com>
To: <Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com>
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2003 9:08 PM
Subject: Planted Tank Fertilizer Estimates

> I have a 55 gallon heavily planted tank.  I have been successful in
> blooms from my E. amazonicus and recently from another plant with purple
> flowers
> fo=1uXYxRKKm4SUOlQWGEyfNc%2fYG7H6QM6yaSDUsIY5ruy%2fjFCnkV3ciA%3d%3d
> which I think may be from Aponogeton longiplumulosus, which I purchased in
> Houston after last Fall's AGA Convention.
> I recently saw this post in the archives:
> >>Regarding a question on "Sulfate of Potash", Tom Barr Wrote:
> >>It's fine for your tank. I add 1/4 teaspoon per 20 gallons once
> >>a week with a 50% weekly water change. This adds roughly 15ppm
> >>extra of K+.
> >>It's fine, I used the same brand for a number of years.
> >>Regards,
> >>Tom Barr
> Can someone - Tom or others - refer me to other such references for
> amounts of key fertilizer components for planted tanks.  If available like
> that above, I can easily convert to what I need in my 55 gallon tank.
> 1) I have acquired :
> Homegrown Hydroponics 6-pack of traces
> K2N03 (Potassium Nitrate/Grants stump remover)
> KCL (Muriate of Potash)
> MgSO47H2O (Epson Salts)
> 2) I know about Chuck's calculator
> http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/art_plant_dosage_calc.htm
> but not sure how to figure out the targets I want.
> 3) If I understand Tom's approach above, it is to weekly add an estimated
> amount of each nutrient and do weekly large water changes.  Then adjust
> based on experience.
> Also I like the idea of adding via separate, dry elements.  This seems mor
> straightforward to me that trying to establish a solution with a
> pre-established mixture.
> What am I missing?
> Bob Alston
> BobAlston9 at AOL_com