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DIY Trace Mix

Discussion in 'Talk to Tom Barr' started by tirtha1979, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. tirtha1979

    tirtha1979 Prolific Poster

    Jul 10, 2007
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    Hi Tom, In India, no branded Trace Mix is available for planted tanks. So we used to use an Agriculture grade Trace Mix (Microsol-B/Fetrilion-Combi) along with an Iron Suppliment (Fetrilon(13% chelated Iron)). But now a days, that company went crap and screwed up the quality. So I was wondering if we can make our own trace mix.

    Which all the chemicals I need to use to make the Mix?
    How much we have to mix together and how much to dose?

    I am looking for a Trace Mix as well as a separate Iron Mix.

    Here is the Trace Mix composition in Fetrilion-Combi

    Iron 4%
    Zinc 4%
    Manganese 3%
    Copper 0.5%
    Boron 1.5%
    Molybdenum 0.05%
    Magnesium 2%
    Sulphur 2.8%

    Please suggest.
  2. VaughnH

    VaughnH Lifetime Charter Member
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    Jan 24, 2005
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    Tropica Master Grow contained: K 0.79%, Mg 0.39%, S 1.01%, B 0.004%, Cu 0.006%, Fe 0.07%, Mn 0.04%, Mo 0.002% Zn 0.002%. HEEDTA and DTPA as chelators. This is from: Tropica Fertilizer. I didn't keep looking, but I recall that "the Krib" also has the constituents of Plantex CSM in one of the posts there.
  3. Tom Barr

    Tom Barr Founder
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    Jan 23, 2005
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    This is fine,m if you can find some Iron chelate alone, add about 1:1 ratio with this product, then add about 5grams of this to 500ml of DI water.
    You might need to add a little HCL acid, say 1 ml of 9 Molar HCL.

    Tom Barr

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