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Fertilizer question

Has anyone tried using regular OMRI listed plant ferts in a shrimp tank. My wife recently bought Miracle-Gro Performance Organics Edibles Plant Nutrition for her plants and I was wondering if I could use it in my shrimp tank as I'm needing a better npk fert.
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Don't use it. The label says to use it dry, not to pre-mix it in water, as most of the nitrogen is "slowly available water insoluble nitrogen derived from feather meal, soybean meal and bone meal". You'll be putting ground up feathers and bones in your tank.

https://www.miraclegro.com/sites/g/f...080219_CFL.pdf
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I can't say with certainty, and shrimp are fragile which is why I'd not personally try it. GLA has a good line of affordable macros that I've been using with shrimp for years. https://greenleafaquariums.com/categ...nutrients.html

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Don't use it. The label says to use it dry, not to pre-mix it in water, as most of the nitrogen is "slowly available water insoluble nitrogen derived from feather meal, soybean meal and bone meal". You'll be putting ground up feathers and bones in your tank.

https://www.miraclegro.com/sites/g/f...080219_CFL.pdf
I would also avoid using it, but not necessarily for these reasons.


The linked PDF, however, does list that ammonia is one of the sources of nitrogen, which would not be a good idea to add into a shrimp aquarium.


As Blue Ridge Reef mentioned, bulk chemicals would be a much better option for adding NPK to your aquarium

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Thanks all for your opinions. You have confirmed my worries bout trying it. I will take a look at the macros blueridge mentioned <a href="https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/images/smilie/icon_smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" >:-)</a>
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