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Old 12-06-2012, 11:47 AM   #1 
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Epsom Salt for snails and plants

Can I add epsom salt to my tank randomly? I know it's fine for the bettas but I have some live plants and snails. Is epsom generally a good for plants? Most of the websites I found mentioned using epsom in place of fertilizers. I am using Seachem Flourish. I just don't want Milly's and Brutus' shells to get soft.. And any potential pond snail babies.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:54 AM   #2 
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IMO/E-Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is safe to use long term and with plants and snails/inverts. One of the regular uses of Epsom salt is a plant fertilizer for the magnesium.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:20 PM   #3 
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Perfect! Thanks. Now, my seachem flourish has magnesium AND sulfate.. so if I mixed epsoms and added that, would there be too much magnesium?

I just did a water change and dosed with seachem so I won't try the epsom today.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:04 PM   #4 
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try using this calculator :)
http://calc.petalphile.com/ my guess is that you will need to add more magnesium because there are only trace amounts in comprehensive.
In the dropdown I would pick estimative index/low light
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oooh oooh oooh!! Thanks for the link! Wow. I have been giving only half the nutrients to my tank per week.
*goes to get more Seachem*
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seachem comprehensive isnt meant for macro nutrients, getting more dry fertilizers like the epsom salts and dosing is really cheap and works well.
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Okay. Thanks! Would it be okay to mix epsom in pop bottles of aged water for the weekly touch-ups?
And someone said baking soda works too? Sodium Bicarbonate?? Really?
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:50 PM   #8 
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im not sure about baking soda, it will definately raise the kh or gh of your water (cant remember which)
I premix all my dry ferts into solutions so that definately works.

If you google estimative index dosing you will get all sorts of helpful info
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Thanks. I didn't know about this before. Hopefully I can set this up and my plants will out-compete the algae!

If you don't mind me asking, as a total noob, what exactly do you add to your mixtures?
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:13 PM   #10 
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i use
kh2po4
k2so4 (instead of the kno3 in EI dosing because i dont need the nitrogen)
espom salts
iron
seachem flourish

I just use the calculator to mix the required amount of dry ferts with water and dose from there, I have months worth of mixture done up lol, just add it in during water changes (except for iron that gets added on a different day)
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