can I get macronutrients from a terrestrial plant mix in stores? - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 05:38 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Canada
Posts: 60
can I get macronutrients from a terrestrial plant mix in stores?

Before you tell me that it's much cheaper to buy powdered macros separately, it's not. I live in canada and shipping costs are more then 100% of the cost of the items. It's cheaper for my to buy a store mix. That being said, what would be a good mix to get that's widely available? Or what should I be looking for when I look at store mixes.
byviolet is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 05:45 AM
Banned
 
PTrader: (15/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 3,261
What do you mean by plant mix? Like fertz for tomatoes?
Solcielo lawrencia is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 06:01 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
Higher Thinking's Avatar
 
PTrader: (23/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Oregon State Beavers!
Posts: 1,533
The problem you'll run into a lot is that terrestrial plant fertilizer packages contain ammonia. Other than that, it's just about finding the right proportions which is tough. You want roughly 5:1 to 10:1 ratio of nitrates to phosphates I think.

Hope much does it cost to send postal to Canada? There are members here who sell ferts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by Darkblade48; 08-05-2014 at 02:01 AM. Reason: Back to back posts
Higher Thinking is offline  
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 06:31 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Canada
Posts: 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by Higher Thinking View Post
Hope much does it cost to send postal to Canada? There are members here who sell ferts.
think one of the problem is that the potassium comes in a form that can also be used to make explosives which makes customs a pain. Otherwise I have quotes for $25 for $10 bag of ferts.
alright, I will look for a good proportion of ferts. What about the ratio of potassium?

Last edited by Darkblade48; 08-05-2014 at 02:02 AM. Reason: Watch the language.
byviolet is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 06:56 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
Higher Thinking's Avatar
 
PTrader: (23/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Oregon State Beavers!
Posts: 1,533
Pm nilocg on the forum. He lives here in town with me. If he doesn't want to ship internationally I'll buy them from him and ship them. But that's what he does, sell and ship ferts, so Idk why he wouldn't.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Higher Thinking is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 07:39 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 672
I get my fertilizers from aquariumfertilizer.com and I havent had any issues with importing the potassium nitrate into canada.
Gafi is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 07:43 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
aquarist's Avatar
 
PTrader: (28/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 1,440
If shipping is that expensive try and order more fertilizer at a time? I know USPS does flat rate international and Nilcog and cram a ton of fertilizers in a package! Perhaps multiple bags. I don't believe it goes bad and it lasts a while. I know there are some other folks from Canada here so perhaps you can post in the local forum and see if anyone has some around you.
aquarist is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Canada
Posts: 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by aquarist View Post
If shipping is that expensive try and order more fertilizer at a time? I know USPS does flat rate international and Nilcog and cram a ton of fertilizers in a package! Perhaps multiple bags. I don't believe it goes bad and it lasts a while. I know there are some other folks from Canada here so perhaps you can post in the local forum and see if anyone has some around you.
ok

I just have a little 3gallon so I am leery of buying lots of ferts.
byviolet is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 02:07 AM
Moderator
 
Darkblade48's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Toronto/Singapore
Posts: 11,547
Please watch the language in this thread. Furthermore, suggestions of illegal activity (i.e. shipping items without proper customs declarations) is not allowed on the forums.

Potassium nitrate is considered restricted in Canada, and while it can still be purchased, there is apparently a lot of strict guidelines that sellers are supposed to follow.

Source (Natural Resources Canada, chemicals of concern)
http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/explosives/pu...uidelines/9957

Anthony


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
and
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Eheim Pimp #362 - Eheim 2213 x2, Eheim 2028, Eheim 2217, Eheim surface skimmer and Eheim autofeeder.
Victor Pimp #33 - HPT272-125-350-4M
Darkblade48 is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome