Garden Direct Trace Mix

Discussion in 'Aquarium Fert Dosing' started by Voo, 19 Dec 2008.

  1. Voo

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    I've just been looking for different trace mixes and then thought to check what was in the one i was currently using.

    I've been using the garden direct trace mix for some time, which i thought contained high copper levels. However, after checking through some threads i think i've been using a different mix.

    This is the trace i've been using. It's contents are as follows:
    Boron 0.1%
    Copper 0.25%
    Iron EDTA 3.3%
    Magnesium 7%
    Manganese 3.0%
    Zinc 1.0%
    Molybdenum 0.005%

    It's a lot lower in copper than this trace mix. However it contains magnesium, which other traces recommended don't have.

    I've always dosed lightly as i thought it was high in copper. Although i haven't noticed any bad side effects from the magnesium (or higher manganese levels), does anyone know if this could be harmful to fish/shrimp if i start to dose at recommended trace levels?
     
  2. Voo

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    Having thought for a while, Magnesium is actually added as Epsom salts. I guess there's no need for me to dose epsom salts if i'm using this trace mix.

    Is the concentration of magnesium a problem though?
     
  3. JamesC

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    Those traces I don't believe are chelated. I would always recommend using chelated traces.

    James
     
  4. Voo

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    It says the iron is chelated by EDTA.
     

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