What tracemix for IE

pfgrobler

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Hi,

I'm going to start dosing using IE shortly and need to check. All the posts that I've seen mention xx ml of traces. What trace mix is assumed when saying xx ml ?

If someone else wants to do the math for me my trace mix is a liquide and contains :
Fe - 21.3 g/L
Cu - 3.0 g/L
Mn - 2.7 g/L
Zn - 2.3 g/L
B - 1.0 g/L
Mo - 0.3 g/L
Mg - 0.3 g/L

If I'm to use 10ml traces how much of my trace mix should I use ?

Is there someone that whould consider shipping some Soilmaster select to me in South Africa ? :)
 

Greg Watson

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Re: What tracemix for IE

pfgrobler said:
I'm going to start dosing using IE shortly and need to check. All the posts that I've seen mention xx ml of traces. What trace mix is assumed when saying xx ml ?

Tom is usually talking about a commercial liquid trace solution like Tropica Master Grow or Flourish ...

Tom has a personal preference for Tropica Master Grow ...

There are some of us that tend to pursue a more do-it-yourself approach and use a dry trace mix to make up a liquid trace solution with comparable percentages to the traditional commerical liquid solutions ...

The big danger in most dry trace mixes is the copper ... copper is a basic component that we often find in a lot of "medicine" that we use in aquariums - which generically means that at a very high concentration, it is toxic and has all kinds of nasty side effects ...

The trace mix that you have is relatively high in copper relative to what we traditionally use in an aquarium ... however, there are times that we have no choice but to "give it a try" with whatever we have available to us ... so in your case, I would encourage you to "give it a try" ... just recognize that the potential risk ...

I have corresponded with several other individuals from South Africa who have successfully used trace mixes with higher than normal copper levels ...

Different fish and different plants have different tolerence levels to the higher levels of copper ... most shrimp for example can not handle the higher copper levels ... but if you understand those types of limitations, you can simply choose to not try to keep shrimp ... and if you find some plants and fish that you are just not successful with, try different ones ...

All of us have unique water conditions which allow us to grow some plants better than others ... for example, I just can not grow Crypt Retrosprialis in my natural tap water ...

So ... give your trace mix a try ...

Greg