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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2017, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Bleach as fertilizer preservative?

Pretty sure I saw a thread a while back discussing the merits of adding a little bit of bleach to your fert mix to prevent fungus. After ~20 min digging through old threads, though, I can't find it. Is this a thing? Or is Excel/ascorbic acid the only safe option?

If anyone's using bleach as a fert preservative, how much do you use?
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Ascorbic acid or vinegar both seem preferable to bleach or Excel.
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Ascorbic acid or vinegar both seem preferable to bleach or Excel.
Do you have a recommended dosage for vinegar? My problem with ascorbic acid and Excel is just that I don't have any, lol.
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Do you have a recommended dosage for vinegar? My problem with ascorbic acid and Excel is just that I don't have any, lol.
Not really. I would add it a drop at a time until getting the pH below 7 and see how it goes over time. I've not done this myself and was more just thinking aloud as far as alternatives to bleach. I'd not add so much as to have an impact on the tank's pH to any measurable amount.
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Bump... Anyone else with experience/suggestions?
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Bump again! Last try lol
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