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how can i add trace elements to my tank without buying a stupid bottle of stuff? can i just throw in a lump of dirt? i have a biorb w two goldfish (small) and i replaced the rocks it came with with some course gravel i figured would be more suitable for growing plants. i have a fertilizer but it only provides iron and potassium. saluble potash k20 5.0% chelated iron 0.1%
 

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If you chose the "lump of dirt" route, go with a 1" layer topped off with gravel. Check out the El Natural forum on this website for some more info on that.

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i really dont feel like re-doing my whole tank... i saw some bottled nutrients at the store the other day. its way cheaper than i thought. i thought it would be like 15 dollars but it was only 4.99. i looked at the ingredients and its got all the right stuff but it doesnt have potassium/potash like my other stuff does. how neccesary is potasium? i figure i could buy that bottle and just throw in a few drops of my stuff...
 

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maybe alternate using them one one day then the other that way it doesnt cost quite as much?
 

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ok so i bought the 4 ounce bottle of nutrients (its called Plant Gro by nutrafin). it doesnt have potassium or phosphorous. but i just read somewhere that i can use potassium nitrate for a potassium source and realized that i have a huge bottle of that stuff from when i liked making smoke bombs. could i add a bit of that to my bottle of fertilizer or is that just crazy? does regular fish food add potasium and phosphorous when it decays? should i even care?
 

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The Most important part is what kind of plants u have and what type of lightening and how much of lightening u use.
I mean if u ve anubias/mosses/java fern.The high lightening/dosing ll cause algal blooms.
 

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ok so i bought the 4 ounce bottle of nutrients (its called Plant Gro by nutrafin). it doesnt have potassium or phosphorous. but i just read somewhere that i can use potassium nitrate for a potassium source and realized that i have a huge bottle of that stuff from when i liked making smoke bombs. could i add a bit of that to my bottle of fertilizer or is that just crazy? does regular fish food add potasium and phosphorous when it decays? should i even care?
You say that as if you don't like making smoke bombs anymore. How could that become less fun?
 
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