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Hi,

Any one knows how to get Nitrates from any local stores? Home Depot, Ace Hardware,....???

What products should I look for? Do you guys know any particular brand name I could look for?

I know I can get them online from Greg watson, but I wanna give it a shot to see if I can find it around me
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Some "Stump removers" contain pure KNO3. I am using one called Spectracide, bought in Walmart, another brand that is mentioned often is "Green Light", available in some OSH stores.

However, there is no guarantee that you get pure KNO3, so buying the chemical from Greg or someone else is the recommended thing to do.
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Whats OSH stores?

I searched for spectraside in walmart.com I only got some books.. where do they usually have it in walmart, which dept?
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Hey wasserpest,

when you get the chemicals.. you just mix them with water right? do you treat the water for chlorine before adding the chemicals?
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I would recommend mixing them with distilled water. They will kep longer that way.
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Hi Oazanki,

OSH = Orchard Supply Hardware... not sure if you have them where you live.

It is Spectracide, available in Walmarts garden supply area, where they sell fertilizers, pesticides, etc.
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...when you get the chemicals.. you just mix them with water right? do you treat the water for chlorine before adding the chemicals?
Depends which chemicals... yes I made a stock solution for NO3, this helps for dosing a more exact quantity. Going forward, I will probably dose dry. I have a stock solution for PO4, and dose K dry.

I do not treat my water for chlorine, but I don't know about your water supply, if they use Chloramine, and you do large water changes, it might be better for your fishes health to treat.
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Thanks for the info guys,

Do you recommend doing water changes during an algae bloom (green water) and how often?
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Again, it depends...

If it is a new tank, green water might just be part of the initial cycle of different algae, sign that the tank is trying to find its balance. In that case, not changing water can help to clear things up in 8 to 10 days.

If it is an established tank, couple of months old at least, you need to find out what causes the green water. For example, if the cat pushed the fertilizer sticks into the tank, water changes would be a good thing.

If your tap water is high in phosphates, it could be the culprit. There are ways of chemically removing phosphates, but the first step would be to figure out where your phosphate and nitrate levels are (test kit needed).
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Its a new tank.. and my Nitrates are 0ppm.. I haven't checked the Phosphates yet.. I will get a test kit and check that tomorrow..

i will not do any water changes for now.. I will add Nitrates as soon as I get the chemicals and see how it goes
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The problem is that a pound of stump remover is going to run $5 or so. A pound of PURE KNO3 from Greg is $1 plus shipping, but you can also get some K2SO4 for potassium dosing and some Plantex CSM for traces and knock the shipping costs down.
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I agree with Rex. Consider buying your chemical fertilizers from a fellow hobbyist.

http://www.gregwatson.com/products.asp

(and it doesn't hurt that his prices are great)

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Or call around to the local Hydroponics stores and see if they carry it. But be aware that in many areas the local police have a great interest in people who shop in Hydroponics stores.
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Did a search and found only four hydroponics stores in NJ.

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Ok thanks for all your help guys, but I already ordered from Greg Watson.... so no Hydroponics and no police ..

BTW what are hydroponics stores
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