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Potassium chloride vs potassium sulfate

Well many people might want to add only potassium as naturally po4 and no3 levels remain as needed by the plants or maybe someone wants to add only potassium... then whats better, potassium chloride or potassium sulfate? Also some1 might be dosing magnesium sulfate, so sulfates in aquarium might be enough. So can they dose potassium chloride only?
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I supose that the uptake rate of Cl is well below that of K or N or S. So what's going to happen if Cl builds up? That would concerns me.

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Well i have been into reefing too... and most of the diy supps used are cloride
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Well, I think saltwater, assuming that's what you mean by reefing, and freshwater are 2 different beasts. Some plants and fauna will not even tolerate a brackish water.


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I use potassium chloride in my tank. I was getting holes in the leaves of my low tech. So i just went to grocery store and bought salt substitute. No more leaves have holes. I had plenty of nitrates and i don't wanna turn this into high tech so at water change i add it. You can get it as water softener salt i think. So 50lbs for 20$ that would last a long time too.
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I use potassium chloride in my tank. I was getting holes in the leaves of my low tech. So i just went to grocery store and bought salt substitute. No more leaves have holes. I had plenty of nitrates and i don't wanna turn this into high tech so at water change i add it. You can get it as water softener salt i think. So 50lbs for 20$ that would last a long time too.
Is your tap water low in chloride?
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Well im asking jis out of curiosity, since a few threads and a few youtube videos use potassium chloride....
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I think most use potassium sulfate (I do) for freshwater planted tanks.
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The last water report I have for my local tap water, TDS 258 ppm, chloride 89ppm.

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Is your tap water low in chloride?
I couldnt tell u whats in my tap water being that ive never had the well tested.

Other then
5 nitrates
7.5 ph

It is filtered through the clay in the ground and i get some clay sediment in tub after a couple weeks so i assume i have good amount of iron and magnesium.
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