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Moving to low cost alternatives. Questions...

Discussion in 'Talk to Tom Barr' started by Daniel, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. Daniel

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    Here it goes...

    For starters I was wondering if Metricide 14-Day was a legitimate alternative to Flourish Excel. If so, are their unnecessary additives that could cause problems?
    What site would you recommend purchasing dry fertilizer from?
    Which fertilizers do I need?
    Whats the difference between Magnesium Sulfate and Potassium Sulfate?
    Should I just use premixed or use the individual chemicals?

    Sorry for all of the questions but I'm new to the planted aquarium scene (please forgive the noob questions). I have spent a fortune on Flourish products and feel that its time to move on to better and cheaper chemicals. If there is any more general knowledge questions that I left out please add them. I know that at some point in the past these questions have probably been answered in some way, shape, or form but I could really use some help so I went ahead and asked in a new thread.

    Thank you in advance for all of your help.
     
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  3. Daniel

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    Thank you for the links but I still don't know if the Metricide (without activator) has any unnecessary ingredients that could cause issues in an aquarium. After all we are talking about a high level disinfectant.
     
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    Hi,

    I don't know of any unnecessary ingredients but, people are using it without problems. Maybe someone else here can help you with this.
    http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=2917&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
     
  5. Daniel

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    PERFECT! Thanks Barbarossa. I found the link extremely helpful and I appreciate the time that you devoted to helping me. :)
     
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    You welcome:)
     
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    When you say - "Now, lets assume that you dilute it at a ratio of 1.5(Glutaraldehyde):1(distilled water) you end up with a percentage of 1.8% Glutaraldehyde--just over the excel level. This will make your 1 gallon of Metricide turn into 1 2/3 gallon(1.666) gallons of Excel equivalent." - is the ratio in milliliters or what?
     
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    Hi,

    One gallon of Metricide14 makes 1.666 gallons of Excel like solution.
     
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    Are you saying, to make an Excel-like solution - a .666 gallon of RO/DI water is added to a gallon of Metricide14?
     
  10. Daniel

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    Please tell me your not scared of the number 666. Geeez
     
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    Hi,

    This is how I make almost 2L of Excel like solution: Mix 750ml of DI water with 1125ml of Metricide14.
     

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