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Old 05-28-2003, 04:34 PM   #1
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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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