Ferrous Gluconate

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We have a new supplier for Ferrous Gluconate. We hope you will all be as pleased as we are by this new grade of ferrous gluconate. We find it an excellent texture to work; clean and more soluble than any ferrous gluconate that we have offered before. And we have reduced the price of all iron compounds.
 

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Oh right!


I always jump off from the "latest posts" page, rarely even notice the specific forum.


Thanks Jason :)
 

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No problem, i do the same on a lot of other forums with the exception of the ones i admin :)


Julia Adkins i have integrated a site link into the forum title so that members can click both the forum and also your store.
 

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Most of our fertilizers are agricultural grade. All are water soluble. The MKP is technical grade. The calcium chloride and the ferrous gluconate are food grade. The higher the grade, the cleaner and more expensive the fertilizer.
 

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Fe gluconate is typically Food grade, they do not use it much, if at all................ for agriculture. If you use it, add vinegar 5% distilled white...........maybe 10-20 mls to the tap water in the bottle (use hot water). Shake good. THEN............add the trace mixes to that bottle AFTER you have added the acid and shaken good. This removes most of the dKH and kills any bacterial or mold. Which makes the mix last longer and stay chelated or liganded.
 

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Are we talking chelated Iron? Will Julia,your company sell 6 pounds of dry ferrous iron for $8?
I've had fish for 40 years..this last year is my first stab at some serious plant keeping and iron has made all the difference in the world so far. Seachem goes fast when treating 240 gallons.
 

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Are we talking chelated Iron? Will Julia,your company sell 6 pounds of dry ferrous iron for $8?
I've had fish for 40 years..this last year is my first stab at some serious plant keeping and iron has made all the difference in the world so far. Seachem goes fast when treating 240 gallons.

Consider the pH of your tank water before purchasing Fe.
 

Stan510

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According to city water stats..its in the 8-9ph. Now,I guess it comes down a bit in the aquarium...but I have mostly inert things. Even the driftwood is very old and doesn't make tannins any longer.
I'm really amazed at what its done in less than a month..big growth out my sword plant ( compared to the struggler it was) and Anubias are pushing leaves much faster than before..algae free leaves this time. A trident fern that was just skinny stems from mailorder...is sending out growth,roots. Ammania I just added from the LFS..never set back and only has looked healthy ..my first try last year did well at first,then melted on me.
I get the feeling my water has the potassium,phosphates,and manganese they need. Iron was missing. My water supply is the Hetch Hechy from Yosemite... a watershed over granite..said to be about the best water in the state.
 

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I'm using Seachem. It's done wonders. The bottle does not say EDDHA. I did find a review on Amazon of iron (EDTA) sold for yard plants and he said it poisoned his fish and aquarium plants . I'm almost certain that my iron I bought for my yard - with zinc- is of that nature.
I have a hydroponics store 10 minutes away..any brand you know equal to seachem,only not as expensive? Seachem for my 240 goes pretty fast. If it's best and safest,I would bite the bullet.
btw,Seachem uses gluconate.
 

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If you purchase Fe Gluconate @ about $18 per pound you can make 13 - 500ml bottle of Seachem equivalent.
40 grams per 500ml bottle.

What Fe ppm are you targeting when dosing?

Gluconate Fe is intended for acidic water conditions.
This is why I suggested EDDHA since your pH is very high.

There are other trace elements needed for plant growth.
What other micros are you dosing?

https://www.nilocg.com/shop/ferrous-gluconate-12-46/
 

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I don't measure. I never dosed until this last month. Seeing what iron alone has done,I plan on testing soon. Isn't Seachem EDDHA? As i understand it,garden iron is usually not good for aquatic plants as the iron isn't uptaken by them,if anything it might poison plants and fish.
Seachem is very easy to use..they already have it diluted and I suppose it's made not to break down in storage.
When you say $18 a pound is that for Julia's product?
As long as I'm asking..a hydroponic store is just about "around the corner" Any brand they might have that just a less costly version of Seachem?
 

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Julia's product is $13 for half pound.
I put a link in last post for 1 pound gluconate Fe.
You can make 6500ml from the pound equivalent to Seachem.

It would be a good idea to figure out what ppm level you are just dumping in your tank.
Fe gluconate most likely not available for very long in your high pH.

We all dose agricultural grade compounds.
 

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I will have to look into ordering. I just know that the results are amazing. Everything has improved and there is zero chance I would stop dosing since I already know what the results would be..even without changing a thing.
It was the LFS owner who told when we were talking about why so many of my plants were either so-so,of dying off. IRON!..You got to use iron. He was right.
 

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Let me add,for now I will eyesight it. Get it as green as can be and IF the test kit says I have say,5x what they recommend? I will keep it at 5x since the fish are fine and the plants growing. I just moved a variegated sword pup and,the roots in that big tank were long and whitest white. Looks edible!