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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-01-2013, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
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adding iron

I know Seachem have an iron additive for tanks, but what other iron additives are safe to use in tanks? I saw this one...

http://www.wayfair.com/Grow-More-Org...0-BAV1018.html

or maybe just buying liquid iron or chelated iron tablets would be ok?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-20-2013, 01:05 PM
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Best to utilize laterite as a baseline layer and Seachem Root Tabs..liquid Iron is cool but must be monitored..some people use clay in their substrate for the Iron properties.
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I use Seachem Flourish Iron which should last you a very long time. I have a 20 gallon and I put about 1ml three times a week.
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liquid Iron is cool but must be monitored.
Why must Iron be monitored ? What is the consequence of OD ? I'm curious
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There is no reason to monitor it. There is also no reasonably inexpensive/ accurate kit out there to measure it.
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Why must Iron be monitored ? What is the consequence of OD ? I'm curious
Iron does not have to be monitored, but some people do it to feel comfortable.

I just observe my plants.

If you are dosing EI style, you should be getting enough iron.

Various iron sources exist (Plantex CSM+B, EDTA chelated iron, DPTA chelated iron, iron gluconate, etc).

As with anything, if you (severely) overdose on iron, it could lead to heavy metal toxicity. But you would have to dose quite a bit. The amounts we are dosing (using EI, for example) will not be harmful.

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enough iron?

Well I bought some of that micro macro mix from the aquarium fertilizer website. It has the Plantex CSM+B in with it. It says it has 7% iron chelate, so I hope this enough for my plants.
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If you are planning exclusively for iron dosing suggest you can give ferrous gluconate a try I have been using it for ages in my tanks - so 10g for 500g of water to make the solution, and dosing 1 ml/100L of water. but if you are going this route - make sure it does not come in contact with light during any time of the day(the stock solution)

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If you are planning exclusively for iron dosing suggest you can give ferrous gluconate a try I have been using it for ages in my tanks - so 10g for 500g of water to make the solution, and dosing 1 ml/100L of water. but if you are going this route - make sure it does not come in contact with light during any time of the day(the stock solution)
what does it do if it comes in contact?
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what does it do if it comes in contact?
According to Chase et al; Remington's Pharmaceutical Sciences 14th ed. Mack Publ Co. Easton, PA p. 825 (1970)

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Ferrous gluconate is affected by light and the ferrous iron slowly oxidizes to ferric on exposure to air.

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I guess what meant is monitor for alage growth..It can lead to algae growth//hair algae if Im correct.
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