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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-23-2007, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Question Macro & Micro Nutrients

This might be a really dumb (can't remember my science) question, but I need to know...... are the contents of macro and micro ferts made up of purely naturally occuring elements and minerals or chemically synthesized elements and minerals?

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There is no difference in what you buy in a bottle. The periodic table is what it is. Potassium is potassium no matter where it comes from. We don't make potassium in a lab. Only marketers want you to belive that something called "natural" is better than some other product. It is just hype - and in some cases the "natural" product for your own health could be worse since many of these types of products (herbal remedies . . .) are not FDA regulated. If I wanted, I could start selling my own "Ginseng" tablets today - and you'd have no way to know what I was actually selling you.

In the case of a planted tank, I guess you could call fish the "natural" fertilizer. Anything else you would buy most likely went through some sort of purification process before getting to you anyway.

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