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I wanted to place and order for my 10 gallon tank and need to order my macros and micros. I got the micros down but what are the scientific abbreviations for the macros I should order. anyone ever ordered from them?
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NPK are macros.

KNO3 (potassium nitrate)
KH2PO4 (potassium phosphate)

Those 2 should cover you for NPK.

If your gH is low you may want to consider Ca and Mg... or perhaps gH booster.
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Why not get their macro micro mix?
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i would recommend that you also get potassium sulfate to provide K for the plants, even though there is some K in KNO3.

NPK ratio should be

10-1-10 (this works for me)

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i would recommend that you also get potassium sulfate to provide K for the plants, even though there is some K in KNO3.

NPK ratio should be

10-1-10 (this works for me)
How do you translate the NPK ratio to the ratio of the chemicals?
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Why not get their macro micro mix?
I second this - it is the mix I just got. 1/4 cup the macro micro mix, 2 cups water. The bag will last a loooong time and you get both sets of nutrients. Granted it is limited to just KNO3, K2SO4, MgSO4 and CSM+B. Anything else will have to be ordered independently.
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KNO3 less than 1/8 tsp 2x week
K2SO4 less than 1/8 tsp 2x week
K2HPO4 10 times less than 1/8tsp 2x week

K2HPO4 will be hard to dry dose with the tea spoons, i think making a solution of all these mixed will be better. that calculator should help you.

500ml solution for your 10g, add 50ml 2x week, use RO/DI water to make your solution, adding Flourish excel into the mixer will prevent the mold/fungus, add about 5ml of Excel.

500ml solution:
1 tsp of KNO3
1 tsp of K2SO4
half of 1/8 tsp of K2HPO4


what is the parameter of the water? Ca and Mg might be needed if the GH and KH of your water are low.

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Why not get their macro micro mix?
Ideally you want to be able to dose the amounts that you decide on, not have to dose all of them in the ratio they are in a mix. A mix is no easier to manage, so I see no advantage to it. You need a set of tiny measuring spoons too, for at least 1/16 teaspoon and 1/8 teaspoon.

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