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Hello ,


Can someone please explain what each element does to ones planted tank ?


I understand the definition of Micro / Macro and there contents but I would like to know what each Element's function is. Also also lack proper info on fret chemistry.

Plantex -
KN03 Potassium Nitrate -
KH2P04 Mono Potassium Phosphate -
K2S04 Potassium Sulfate -
Iron Chelate -
Magnesium Sulfate -


I feel if I know what one does what I could increase/decrease the ammount dosed.



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I'm having problems my self also, so I am a "newbie" also.
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Read this Chucks fertilizer page. Then come back and ask questions.

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I use this as a great reference ..

http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/Fertil...eficiency.html
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Karen Randall's articles on plant nutrition at http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/aqfrontiers.htm are good as well.

Well, at least my algae is pearling...
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Informative articles, thanks.
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This is my best guess. I don't use Greg Watson products.

Plantex - Comparable to Seachem Flourish. Micronutrient trace element mix. (I dose Seachem Flourish twice per week)
KN03 Potassium Nitrate - Comparable to Seachem Nitrogen. Shouldn't really be needed in a tank with full stock of fish. Increases Nitrate.
KH2P04 Mono Potassium Phosphate - Comparable to Seachem Phosphate. Again shouldn't really be needed in a tank with full load of fish. Increases Phosphate.
K2S04 Potassium Sulfate -Comparable to Seachem Potassium. Increases Potassium. (I dose Seachem Potassium three times per week.)
Iron Chelate - Comparable to Seachem Iron. Increases Iron. (I dose Seachem Iron every day.)
Magnesium Sulfate - Should be mixed with an equal amount of Calcium Chloride to raise gH. Comparable to Kent Botanica gH+. (I check gH using a test strip after a water change, then add as needed to get gH to desired level.)

I feel the Greg Watson pages should include this basic info for newb's. Even someone (like me) who is used to using products from "Aquarium" companies (like Seachem, Kent, etc.) would be more turned to using his products if information like this was presented on his site. Preferably in the store section's product description pages.

Those articles are great info, but for someone staring at the Greg Watson store's product page and is clicking the description links, trying to decide what to purchase, the articles aren't the best help.
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The biggest difference is that the bulk products are at least a magnitude of order cheaper to use than the Seachem products.

Also many planted tanks with full fish loads and high light need additional nitrate and phosphate.
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The biggest difference is that the bulk products are at least a magnitude of order cheaper to use than the Seachem products.
I think we get this point by now. It's not the only difference.

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Also many planted tanks with full fish loads and high light need additional nitrate and phosphate.
Technically speaking you need to test and add nitrate/phosphate accordingly. A tank with a full fish load is more likely to already have residual nitrate and phosphate than a tank with a light fish load. That's all I meant.
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