|01-29-2013 10:38 PM|
As I mentioned, some people have used urea successfully with no problems. It is a balancing game in the end.
Plants do uptake ammonia faster than nitrates, as that is their preferred nitrogen source. Theoretically, you could dose ammonia directly for even faster plant growth.
|01-29-2013 09:49 PM|
|kochman||I have used in past with no ill effects to livestock. i only stopped using it as i am now using a combination of organic hydroponic ferts and iron. I bought a jug and i dilute like crazy and all is fine.|
|01-29-2013 09:36 PM|
|danielt||As far as my knowledge goes, excel is organic carbon. Not a fertilizer mix as it adds one Macro nutrient: Carbon|
|01-29-2013 09:12 PM|
|pmcarbrey||Well I guess I can't just be lazy and use what I have on hand. I'll have to go out and buy a bottle of excel I suppose|
|01-29-2013 09:06 PM|
UDGags is absolutely correct regarding the heavy metals.
I use Miracle Grow Water Soluble General Purpose for my emersed growth plants but I will not use the product in my aquariums because it contains: Arsenic, Cadmium, Cobalt, Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Lead, and Cobalt (Co). I value my fish (or invertebrates) too much to do that.
|01-29-2013 09:05 PM|
i dose urea and NH4 with german blue rams in the tank, they also bread many times in the same tank. plant also grew better with urea and nitrate combination.
|01-29-2013 08:49 PM|
Your pH is not good for Urea. It is good for those heavy metals as they will stay in the water and not your creatures. Higher pH with heavy metals like Copper, Zinc, Lead is safer than acid pH which will ionize part of them and make them soluble in water. Plants will uptake those up until some point but they will be affected also. Long before your shrimp have died of Copper poisoning.
I did put Urea in my planted tank. But it is something like 0,5g in a HEAVILY planted 300L tank. No side effects.
I bought mine from the pharmacy as a white salt. Looks like Magnesium Sulfate (aka Epsom salt).
|01-29-2013 08:38 PM|
As people have already mentioned, I would highly recommend you not using any (terrestrial) fertilizer that uses ammonical nitrogen (urea) as its nitrogen source, since it will become ammonia in your aquarium (at a pH of 8.6, there will essentially be no ammonium anion formation).
There have been people that have successfully dosed with urea, but I do not think they ever dosed when there was livestock in the aquarium.
|01-29-2013 05:22 PM|
I think 3% of the N is urea, which will be ammonia within seconds at your pH. Keep this in mind if you are going to dose with it.
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|01-29-2013 04:38 PM|
I use the All purpose plant food no problem.
Just dose small amount at a time. My is run on a auto fert dose-er ^^
I know a guy who been using it for yrs with snail, shrimp, fish, plant etc.
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