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Miracle Grow Liquid Houseplant Food?

I use Miracle Grow Liquid Houseplant food to feed my houseplants. It is an 8 ounce bottle and I add a few drops of it to a cup of water when I water my plants twice a week.

Link - http://www.homedepot.com/p/Miracle-G...0052/100096794

The chemical analysis on the bottle says this:
Total Nitrogen (N) - 8%
1.2% Ammonia-cal Nitrogen
1.2% Nitrate Nitrogen
5.6% Urea Nitrogen
Available Phosphate (P2O5) - 7%
Soluble Potash (K2O) - 6%
Iron (Fe) - 0.10%
0.10% Chelated Iron (Fe)

Will this stuff be safe to use in my tanks?

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no.. it uses Ammonium nitrate and that compound should never be used in your tank.


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You water your houseplants twice a week? Do you also feed twice a week?


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You water your houseplants twice a week? Do you also feed twice a week?
I water them twice a week, but I feed them every few weeks.

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no.. it uses Ammonium nitrate and that compound should never be used in your tank.
Many use Osmocote Plus pellets in their aquaria.
First ingredient listed is Ammonium Nitrate.

How does this work?


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The tabs are a slow release it's kinda like how eating a bag of jelly beans over 2 weeks while not good for you won't hurt you but eating the bag in one sitting will give you an upset stomach.
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...it's kinda like how eating a bag of jelly beans over 2 weeks while not good for you won't hurt you but eating the bag in one sitting will give you an upset stomach.
Only amateurs get an upset stomach from eating a full bag of jelly beans.

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Many use Osmocote Plus pellets in their aquaria.
First ingredient listed is Ammonium Nitrate.

How does this work?
there put deep in the substrate in a slow release form, you have to be careful when using them to not release ammonia into the water column when doing maintenance. When used as intended the compound never makes it into the water column and is used directly by the plants roots.

it is toxic to aquatic creatures.. ammonia is supposed to remain 0ppm in a properly cycled tank.


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I use Osmocote Plus, I would never think of a liquid though.

I have a tank that has always has read .25ppm of NH3.
Can't explain this but test kit is good.
Even before Osmocote Plus was used.
Tank has been cycled for 8 months, always .25ppm of NH3.


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Even if your livestock don't suffer, you are inviting algae blooms introducing ammonia to your water column....
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I'm naughty and am currently using the bloom booster powder fert from Miracle gro to help with P deficiency. I use a very tiny amount and add it to the aquarium. So far, it's helping with the deficiency and there is no algal bloom as of this moment *knocks on wood*
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