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Dry ferts in bulk

Anyone know where i can get quality dry ferts (NPK+CSM+B) in bulk (20 pounds and up) and get it shipped to Canada? Is there even any store out there that will ship small orders to Canada?

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Here's the one that I use here in the USA and I'm very satisfied...I'm just about positive that they do ship to Canada...

http://aquariumfertilizer.com/
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You should be able to source Plantex / PlantProd CSM in CAN easily. I've even happened on stores on google in CAN that sells CSM last week as I was doing some research, so it can be found. You too can give then Manufacturer a call for help with locating a local distributer for you, who knows they might be able to sell to you direct.

If you insist on the US purchase you can find 'Plantex' CSM here at www.florikan.com, but the minimum they sell is 5lb's bags and it's $36 before shipping. You will need to add the Boron in yourself by either using Boric Acid Powder, Borax or Solubor, but I prefer to use Boric Acid powder *H3BO3* for my mixes (just add 33 grams per 1lb of the raw CSM) to get the +b .



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Perhaps this is an opportunity for you.
If no one is properly serving Canada, find the nearest farm supply warehouse, talk to them about what you are planning so they don't call the RCMP on you. Purchase in what would be 50lb bags in the states. Break it down into half liter containers and put up a web site.
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Perhaps this is an opportunity for you.
If no one is properly serving Canada, find the nearest farm supply warehouse, talk to them about what you are planning so they don't call the RCMP on you. Purchase in what would be 50lb bags in the states. Break it down into half liter containers and put up a web site.
I'm not much of a business guy, but the lfs I work for wants to try selling dry ferts and I need to find a supplier.

I can't even ship the stuff to the states to pick up, because, well, its big bag of white powder. How do you explain that one?


Thanks guys, any other ideas?
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Like I mentioned above you should be able to easily find a source if you call the manufacturer. This is the msds of their CSM if it helps and a quick Google search with minimal effort came up with these guys www.growercentral.com


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Thank you!
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If no one is properly serving Canada, find the nearest farm supply warehouse, talk to them about what you are planning so they don't call the RCMP on you. Purchase in what would be 50lb bags in the states. Break it down into half liter containers and put up a web site.
Hmmm...

Do you really think that there is enough of a Canadian market for this though?

4% of plantedtank's visitors are from Canada, compared to 46% from the US. The Canadian market is only 10% of the US market.
So how often do you think sites like GLA ship out dry fertz? 10 times a week? That would mean I'd only end up shipping out 1 or 2 a week.
Or you think the market is bigger than that?
How many people really buy dry ferts online?
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Rather than "making money" think of it as a way to pay for your tank and supplies. Nothing more.
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It is hard to imagine that bulk ferts are not available in Canada in most forms when you consider the number of retail establishments that cater to the home hydroponic cultivation market.
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Rather than "making money" think of it as a way to pay for your tank and supplies. Nothing more.
But I still want to make sure I can make a profit, I'd hate to invest a bunch of money only to lose it all if there isn't a market.

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It is hard to imagine that bulk ferts are not available in Canada in most forms when you consider the number of retail establishments that cater to the home hydroponic cultivation market.
There is, but they will never ship anything less than 25kg, and its usually lower quality.
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Hmmm... I still can't find a good dealer.

The ones listed above don't ship to my location, and google searches turn up nothing but chinese suppliers that only ship in metric tons.

Anyone else know of any canadian bulk dry fert suppliers?
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Why don't you give us the province in Canada where you would wish to receive chemicals, exact names of chemicals and largest quantity you are able to purchase (In kilos). I can not believe this is as hard as you are making out unless you are in Nunavut or the Northwest territories or Yukon or something or you want a relatively small amount.
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I've found a good distributor, but I have a few questions if anyone knows fertilizer.

The don't sell Potassium Sulphate, but they have Potassium Sulphate Solupotasse. Is that more or less the same thing? It has the same nutrition analysis, but is it safe for fish?

And they have two kids of potassium nitrate, potassium nitrate crystal and potassium nitrate special K. Anyone know which would be better for fish? If there is even a difference?

Sorry, their customer service wasn't very helpful.
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