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I want to get away from CSM+B and start rolling my own micros, but living in Canada is making things a little more difficult. I'm going by the chart @Greggz posted in his thread for the base chemicals:

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My problem is that I can only find the Zinc Sulfate Monohydrate available in Canada from Alpha Chemicals. If I want the others, without paying $70.00 each to ship less than a pound, then I'd be looking at ordering on that infamous auction site from Bulgaria, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US to get it all done.

Does anybody feel like shipping their base chemicals up north instead? I really don't know if there would be any issues crossing the border, but I'd be happily willing to pay to send one package as a test .

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https://www.amazon.ca/PureBulk-Zinc-.../dp/B01KAMURCI


$15 shipping but no where's near $70


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https://www.amazon.ca/Zinc-Sulfate-M...RG202A9E9JPQAT

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My problem is that I can only find the Zinc Sulfate Monohydrate available in Canada from Alpha Chemicals.

Haha that was the one that I had no issues finding! Thanks for trying to help though




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Haha that was the one that I had no issues finding! Thanks for trying to help though




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Ohhhh, I thought you meant that is the one you cannot find, or at least not find for less than $70 LOL

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What's wrong with Alpha Chemicals?
Nothing, except their shipping policy haha.

I guess I should have worded my original post differently.

Of the 7 different base chemicals for the micros, only the ZnSO4*H2O was easy for me to find. Alpha Chemicals sold it over Amazon.ca. I checked out their yankee side of the store and they seemed to have everything, but just didn't ship it to Canada. I was able to find the other chemicals on fleabay, but as I was ordering each from individual sellers, the combined shipping was going to end up being nearly $70, and the shipping times were 7-29 business days.

I ended up contacting the chemistry department at my local university and they put me in contact with a supplier. I was able to order most of the chemicals through them, with only $25 shipping for the lot. I went with the ZnSO4*H2O from amazon, the Na2MoO4*2H2O from the electronic bay, and the Fe came from a local garden shop, as they didn't have those.

Ended up costing me $120.00 for everything.

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