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Marc Lao, 55g, April 2006

Why fertilize? What do these fertilizers do for my aquatic plants? 
Calcium is important for cell wall strength and thickness of stems. 
Chloride is important for photosynthesis.
Magnesium helps improve blooming; enhances the green color; and can even help plants grow bushier. 
Nitrates are a key ingredient in protein synthesis. Calcium nitrate is an alternative source of nitrates.
Phosphates help convert other nutrients into usable building blocks for growth. They are a component of the complex nucleic acid structure of plants which regulates protein synthesis; cell division and development of new tissue.
Potassium is an essential plant nutrient and is required in large amounts for proper growth and reproduction. Potassium sulfate is an excellent source of potassium.

Premixed fertilizer ingredients: 
Macro Mix is an equal parts mix by weight of potassium nitrate, potassium sulfate, magnesium sulfate and mono potassium phosphates.

Macro Micro Nutrient Mix is an equal parts mix by weight of potassium nitrate, potassium sulfate, Nutritrace CSM + boron, and magnesium sulfate.

Nutritrace CSM + B is composed of 1.50% magnesium, 0.10% chelated copper, 7.0% chelated iron, 2.0% manganese, 0.06% molybdenum, 0.40% zinc, 3.8% boron, EDTA 65.4%.

Barrs GH Booster is composed of 1 part magnesium sulfate, 3 parts potassium sulfate and 3 parts calcium sulfate. One Tablespoon or 16 grams will raise the GH of 20 gallons of water by 3 degrees or 1meq/liter.

What is the chemical formula of magnesium sulfate? Magnesium sulfate, also known as epsom salts, is MgSO4*7H2O.

Substrate Root Zone Tabs contain 20 trace elements. Content analysis: 1.0-.17-3.0; total nitrogen 1.00%; phosphate 0.17%; soluble potash 3.00%;calcium 2.00%; magnesium 2.50% (1.80%water soluble); boron 0.02%; iron 0.45% water soluble and 0.05% chelated iron; manganese 0.15% (0.08% water soluble); molybdenum 0.0005%; zinc (soluble) 0.001%. Derived from blood meal, calcium phosphate, potassium-magnesiun sulfate, calcium sulfate, magnesium sucrate, socium borate, iron sucrate, ferrous sulfate, iron chelate EDTA, maganese sulfate, sodium molybdate, and zinc sulfate.

Substrate Root Zone Tabs are a time release formula of micro or trace nutrients. Place one or two tabs under the root of a large plant; one tablet under the roots of a medium plant or the roots of 2 - 3 small plants in a cluster. These will last about 4 months. 

Iron chelate: What is used to chelate the iron 13%? EDTA is the chelator. 

Ferrous gluconate is chelated with gluconate. Mix and dose iron compounds separately from other fertilizers to avoid tank cloudiness. 

Mixing and dosing instructions:

Nutritrace CSM + B: Mix with a ratio of 1/4 cup of CSM + B to 2 cups water (or 60g to 500 ml). Dose 1-4 drops per gallon per day. One gallon is equal to 3.758 liters. Start with the lowest dose of 1 drop per gallon per day and stay with that dose for 2-3 weeks before deciding to increase the dose. Increase the dose based on the needs of your plants. There are 76 drops in a teaspoon. The 16 ounce (500 ml) graduated dispenser bottles we sell make mixing and dosing easier. These are sold individually and with one lb. of Nutritrace CSM as a bonus buy.

Macro Micro Nutrient Mix instructions: Mix with a ratio of 1/4 cup of Macro Micro Nutrient Mix to 2 cups water (or 60g to 500 ml). Dose 1-4 drops per gallon per day. One gallon is equal to 3.785 liters. Start with the lowest dose of 1 drop per gallon per day and stay with that dose for 2-3 weeks before deciding to increase the dose. Increase the dose based on the needs of your plants. There are 75 drops in a teaspoon. The 16 ounce (500 ml) graduated dispenser bottles we sell make mixing and dosing easier. These are sold individually and with one lb. of Macro Micro Nutrient Mix as a bonus buy.

Ferrous gluconate: Mix 1/8 cup (20 g) ferrous gluconate in 1/4 cup water (62.5 ml) water to make 10,000 ppm solution. Add 1/8 teaspoon (1.25 ml) of this stock solution to 12.5 gallons (47.3 L) water for an initial concentration of 0.26 ppm. Periodically add stock solution at this dosage or as required to maintain about 0.10 ppm iron in solution. Mix and dose iron compounds separately from other fertilizers to avoid tank cloudiness. 

Iron chelate 10% with EDTA: Mix 1/8 cup (20 g) in 1/4 cup (62.5 ml) water to make 10,000 ppm solution. Add 1/8 teaspoon (1.25 ml) of this stock solution to 12.5 gallons (47.3 L) for an initial concentration of 0.26 ppm. Periodically add stock solution at this dosage or as required to maintain about 0.10 ppm iron in solution. Mix and dose iron compounds separately from other fertilizers to avoid tank cloudiness. 

Iron chelate 13% with DTPA: Mix 1/8 cup (20 g) in 1/4 cup (62.5 ml) water to make 10,000 ppm solution. Add 1/8 teaspoon (1.25 ml) of this stock solution to 12.5 gallons (47.3 L) water for an initial concentration of 0.26 ppm. Periodically add stock solution at this dosage or as required to maintain about 0.10 ppm iron in solution. Mix and dose iron compounds separately from other fertilizers to avoid tank cloudiness. 

Adding a small amount (1 tsp or 5 ml) vinegar to your iron solution will help it go into solution easier and make it more bio available. 

Shipping methods and costs:

What carrier do you use?  We use USPS flat rate priority mail for domestic delivery and USPS Priority Mail International for international delivery. Domestic tracking has greatly improved. Tracking  is now available for international customers. You will be sent an email with a tracking number when your order has shipped. 
Please double check to make sure PayPal.com has your correct address on file especially if you have moved within the past 6 months. Orders are processed within a day of being received. If you have special address, shipping, or handling requests, please contact us by email before placing your order. 

What are the shipping and handling charges?

Shipping charges are based on weight as follows:

Domestic rates:

Flat rate envelope with up to 4 lbs of fertilizers               $ 9

Medium flat rate box with up to 18 lbs of fertilizers        $16

Large flat rate box with up to 26 lbs of fertilizers           $20

Canadian rates:

Flat rate envelopes with up to 4 lbs of fertilizers            $26

Medium flat rate boxes with up to 20 lbs of fertilizers   $48

International rates:

First class international for 1 lb       $15

First class international for 2 lbs        $22

Flat rate envelopes with up to 4 lbs of fertilizers            $35

Medium flat rate boxes with up to 20 lbs of fertilizers   $74

If you order more than 4 lbs but less than or up to 8 lbs your order will be divided in two parts and will be shipped in two flat rate envelopes for $70.  

Do you offer any discounts?

When you buy a multiple of five of any single product, you receive a sixth of that same product at no extra cost. 

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