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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 06:31 AM Thread Starter
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Humic and fulvic acid

Just bumbling around the internet, and I saw someone claim that fluvic acid is beneficial to shrimp. Some people in the hydroponics hobby use it for plants, too.

On that note, has anyone used either humic acid (leonardite) or fulvic acid additives in their planted tank, or with their shrimpies? Any comments?

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Tons of shrimpers use them. There are several specialty products along those lines from companies like BorneoWild/Mosura, as well.


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Yeah, I saw it on Mosura's website. I was just wondering, because I'm skeptical about what companies say about their products in order to get you to buy them. And I have been REALLY skeptical ever since I found out that Penac W from ADA was just glass powder.

Maybe experiment time? Hehe. I could do plants and shrimps side by side.

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Yeah, humic / fulvic acid is good and beneficial to human, animal and plant. fulvic acid is expensive but better. you can buy some from ebay for testing.
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The activities of beneficial soil microbes are crucial for the sustainability of any soil and plant growth. Humic acid stimulates microbial activity by providing the indigenous microbes with a carbon source for food, thus encouraging their growth and activity. Soil microbes are responsible for solubilizing vital nutrients such as phosphorus that can then be absorbed by the humic acid and in turn made available to the plant. Additionally, microbes are responsible for the continued development of humus in the soil as it continues to break down not fully decomposed organic matter. This in-situ production of humus continues to naturally add to the humic acid base and its benefits.

30g or 60g for starting a new tank per Borneo wild suggested dosages.

I purchased mine off amazon but others have bought the same on E-bay. Sold by the ounce or pound.


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Oh excellent, thanks for the information. If that's the case, shouldn't adding mulm to start a tank effectively add a carbon source for food for the new bacterial colony?

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Using mulm to seed a new tank to add new bacteria is doable but it wouldnt be done primarily to provide a carbon source. there are easier and more consistent ways to do that, like humic.


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Oh, now I see. I think I will look into buying a small amount.

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