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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-03-2017, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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If it sounds to good etc

I was looking at a couple of youtube videos regarding adding micro and macro nutrients and one that was mentioned was sodium phosphate. One of the contributors to his channel stated the easiest way to acquire sodium phosphate in solution was to purchase a fleet enema kit. Apply at a rate of 1 drop per gallon once a week.

Has anyone else heard of this or tried it. Or is the respondee just full whatever a fleet enema was intended for?

As per the title it just sounded a little to be good to be true.

As always comments, suggestions and criticisms welcomed.

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Its an old school way to add phosphate, was popular 10-20 years ago when dry ferts were not so common.

There's no reason to add sodium along with it, in fact there's a lot of reasons not to.

KH2PO4 is a much better option


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Some Fleet Enema is made of potassium phosphate. If you absolutely have no way to get the dry chemical, then this is one possible route.

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Its an old school way to add phosphate, was popular 10-20 years ago when dry ferts were not so common.

There's no reason to add sodium along with it, in fact there's a lot of reasons not to.

KH2PO4 is a much better option
Given my limited knowledge of chemistry and the inability to remove sodium from the solution I will call it leaverright, and continue to purchase Thrive for the time being.

Once my beloved has found employment again I will more than likely go with ferts from somewhere like Aquarium Fertilizer | NilocG Aquatics

Thank you both for sharing your knowledge and keeping me from probably killing all the plants in my tank. So far I have only lost one and I was warned it is a light hog, given that I am running three older fluorescent tubes of undetermined age I must admit I am surprised I have not lost more.

So far on my shopping list I have three items:

4' LED

CO2

Dry ferts

(Not to mention of course the ever growing list of plants)

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