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Unhappy Enema, Epsom, and Vodka...

My small brain has been spinning around as I read about fertilizers. I even wasted $5 on Greg Watson's Dosing pamplet, but I'm still confused.

In various books and posts I read that I can put enemas, epsom salts, vodka, stump removers, and probably more into my tank. For some reason, that just doesn't seem right.

I'm going to go with Seachem fertz for now, but I'd like to use less expensive substitutes in the future.

What are the common products for the NPK chemicals? Can you really use an enema?

Very confusing...
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Fleet enema is made up of monobasic sodium phosphate and dibasic sodium phosphate. Stump remover contains Potassium Nitrate. Epsom salts have Magnesium sulfate. The goal is to pay attention to the additional contents of the product to insure they haven't added anything extra, the main one to keep and eye on is the stump remover. As an alternative, "No Salt" found in the grocery store contains potassium.

The fertilator is a great resource for dosing amounts: http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...fertilator.php

I wouldn't recommend the vodka though. Check out this recent thread on the subject: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/fe...ied-vodka.html

Seachem fertz are great. Just expensive in the long run. There are a few places to buy dry fertilizers to save money as well. To name a few: http://www.aquariumfertilizer.com/index.asp
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... I'm going to go with Seachem fertz for now, but I'd like to use less expensive substitutes in the future. ...
Here is a Seachem fert calculator. It is based on their recommended chart. It is written using Office 2003 Excel.

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...tml#post335784

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