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Topic Review (Newest First)
01-09-2013 09:55 PM
dreamchick thank you for the info.
04-17-2005 10:33 AM
Stu
Chemical compound shorthand

Here's a list of the most commonly used compounds for dry fertilising.
Synonyms are given in brackets

Nitrate (NO3) / Nitrogen (N)
KNO3
Potassium Nitrate
(Nitre / Nitric Acid Potassium Salt / Saltpeter / Vicknite / Kalii Nitras / Kaliumnitrat (German) / Niter / Nitrate Of Potash / Kaliumnitrat (Dutch) / Nitrato de potasio (Spanish) / Nitrate de potassium (French))

Ca(NO3)2.4H2O
Calcium Nitrate (Tetrahydrate)
(Nitric acid, calcium salt, tetrahydrate / Calcium(II) nitrate, tetrahydrate (1:2:4) / Calcium dinitrate tetrahydrate / Dusicnan vapenaty)
Phosphate (PO4) / Phosphorus (P)
KH2PO4
Monopotassium Phosphate
(Phosphoric acid, monopotassium salt / Dipotassium dihydrogenphosphate / Potassium dihydrogenorthophosphate / Potassium dihydrogen phosphate / Potassium Phosphate Monobasic / Kaliumdihydrogenorthophosphat / Dihidrogenoortofosfato de potasio (Spanish) / Dihydrogénoorthophosphate de potassium (French))

NaH2PO4.2H2O
Monosodium Phosphate (2 Hydrate)

NaH2PO4
Monosodium Phosphate (Anhydrous)
(Sodium phosphate monobasic)

Na2HPO4.12H2O
Disodium Phosphate (12 Hydrate)
(Sodium Phosphate Dibasic Dodecahydrate / Disodium hydrogenphosphate Dodecahydrate)

Na2HPO4
Disodium Phosphate (Anhydrous)
(Sodium Phosphate Dibasic / Dsodium phosphoric acid / Disodium hydrogenphosphate / Disodium Hydrogenphosphate / Sodium monohydrogen phosphate / Disodium Hydrogen Orthophosphate / Disodium Phosphate / Phosphoric acid, disodium salt / sodium monohydrogen phosphate (2:1:1) / dibasic sodium phosphate / disodium monohydrogen phosphate / disodium orthophosphate / DSP / soda phosphate / sodium hydrogen phosphate / Disodium Monophosphate / Disodium Monohydrogen Orthophoshate)

K2HPO4
Dipotassium Phosphate
(Phosphoric acid, dipotassium salt / Dipotassium hydrogen orthophosphate / Dipotassium hydrogenphosphate / Potassium phosphate, dibasic / Potassium hydrogen phosphate)

Ca(H2PO4)2.H2O
Superphosphate
(Calcium phosphate,monobasic / Phosphoric acid, monocalcium salt / Monocalcium phosphate, monohydrate / Calcium Dihydrogen Phosphate / Phosphoric acid, calcium salt (2:1), monocalcium orthophosphate / calcium superphosphate)
Potassium (K)
K2SO4
Potassium Sulphate

KCL
Potassium Chloride
(Potassium muriate / Dipotassium dichloride / Potassium monochloride / potash muriate / chloropotassuril / kalcorid / kalitabs / potavescent / rekawan / chlorovescent / k-contin / peter-kal / Chlorure de potassium / SPAN-K / Super K)
Hardness (GH) & Alkalinity (KH) / Magnesium (Mg) & Calcium (Ca)
MgSO4.7H2O
Magnesium Sulphate Heptahydrate
(Epsom Salt)

CaCL2
Calcium Chloride
(Calcosan / Calcium Dichloride / complexometric / Calplus / Caltac / Dowflake / Liquidow / Peladow / Snomelt / Superflake Anhydrous / Cloruro de calcio (Spanish) / Chlorure de calcium (French))
CaCL2.H2O
Calcium Chloride Monohydrate
CaCL2.2H2O
Calcium Chloride Dihydrate
CaCL2.6H2O
Calcium Chloride Hexahydrate

CaCO3
Calcium Carbonate
(limestone, lime, marble, calcite, chalk, carbonic acid calcium salt, blackboard chalk)
04-13-2005 07:41 AM
yznj99 one trivial thing, ammonia should be NH3 not NH3+
03-26-2005 07:56 AM
compulsion very helpful, should be a sticky.. or is it?
nice one GC
03-26-2005 06:46 AM
wcwirla Great list! Very helpful! A couple of minor corrections:

NO3 is an anion, not a cation: NO3-
Likewise, NO2 is an anion: NO2-
05-29-2003 02:31 PM
GulfCoastAquarian Thanks Steve! If anyone else had any additions or corrections, let me know and we'll add them. Moderators, feel free to directly edit the post.
05-29-2003 05:14 AM
Steve Hampton Sam, feel free to delete this post and add/or change to top post to reflect these additions and changes.

Correction, Mg - Magnesium is a MACRO-nutrient

The Macronutrients are:

Ca - Calcium, C - Carbon, H - Hydrogen, Mg - Magnesium, N - Nitrogen, O - Oxygen, P - Phosphorus, K - Potassium, S - Sulfur

The Micronutrients are:

B - Boron, Cl - Chloride, Cu - Copper, Fe - Iron, Mn - Manganese, Mo - Molybdenum, Ni - Nickel, Zn - Zinc

Other commonly used abbreveations:

CO2, O2, H2O, NH4+ (ammonium) pH, (power of Hydrogen-the H is capital because it represents Hydrogen) KH, GH, TDS, DOC, DIC
05-28-2003 05:41 PM
GulfCoastAquarian Excellent! I didn't have much time and just whipped that list up from memory, but we need something more official.
05-28-2003 05:39 PM
GDominy I'm whipping up an easy to read periodic table for this post as well, something for more detailed reference :-)
05-28-2003 05:34 PM
GulfCoastAquarian Based on Rickster's suggestion, I decided to compile a brief list of Elements commonly discussed in Planted Aquaria. Feel free to add any elements I might have missed, but post specific questions in a new topic. Discussions should only relate specifically to the Scientific Notations.
  • N: Nitrogen, a core building block for plant growth. Macronutrient.
  • P: Phosphorus, a core building block for plant growth. Macronutrient.
  • K: Potassium, a core building block for plant growth. Macronutrient.
  • NO3+: Nitrate, a common form of nitrogen available in an aquarium as a result of nitrifying bacteria breaking down ammonia.
  • NH3+: Ammonia, a basic form of nitrogen available in an aquarium, formed by fish waste.
  • NH4+: Ammonium
  • NO2: Nitrite, the second state of nitrogen in the biological cycle in an aquarium.
  • KNO3: Potassium Nitrate. Stump Remover. Readily available form of Potassium and Nitrate in salt form.
  • K2SO4: Potassium Sulfate. Good source of potassium for plant growth.
  • KCl: Potassium Chloride. Saltpeter. Potash. Good source of potassium for plant growth.
  • MgSO4: Magnesium Sulfate. Epsom Salts. Good source of magnesium for plant growth. Macronutrient.
  • KH2PO4: Potassium Phosphate (monobasic). Good source of Phosphate for plant growth.
  • CO2: Carbon Dioxide, an easily dissolved gas that is a basic building block for plant growth.
  • O2: Oxygen gas.
  • pH: Power of Hydrogen. Measure of acidity/alkalinity.
  • KH: Carbonate Hardness.
  • GH: General Hardness (mostly representing Magnesium and Calcium salts).
  • TDS: Total Dissolved Solids
  • DOC: Dissolved Organic Compounds
  • DIC: Dissolved Inorganic Compounds
  • Mg: Magnesium. Macronutrient.
  • Ca: Calcium. Macronutrient.
  • H: Hydrogen. Macronutrient.
  • O: Oxygen. Macronutrient.
  • S: Sulfur. Macronutrient.
  • Fe: Iron. Micronutrient.
  • Zn: Zinc. Micronutrient.
  • Ni: Nickel. Micronutrient.
  • Cl: Chloride. Micronutrient.
  • Cu: Copper. Micronutrient.
  • B: Boron. Micronutrient.
  • Mn: Manganese. Micronutrient.
  • Mo: Molybdenium. Micronutrient.


We'll add to the list as the thread progresses.

A link worth referencing here is:
Chuck's Planted Aquarium Pages: Calculating dosages of fertilizer elements for a planted tank.
This is a guide for dosing of several of the more popular elements dosed in a planted tank.

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