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Plant Food Advice Needed.
February 16, 2010
2:02 am
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Yacuruna
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Hello fellow hobbyists. I was just wondering if anyone had experience with Leaf Zone by Aquatic Pharmaceuticals. I read it was formulated to be absobed through the leaf instead of roots, which I thought would be good for ferns. I have Java fern and Java moss in a small set up. I really want them to flourish. Also to mention, I have trumpet snails and dwarf shrimp, so I would hate to kill them if this stuff is loaded with Copper. Any recommendations? Thanks.

February 17, 2010
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Not used it before i'm afraid.

All liquid fertilisers that you add to the tank will be absorbed through the leaves and not the roots- it's not specific to that type of fert. You can only feed the roots if you put some substrate fertiliser in near them.

Not sure if it has copper in it - you should check with the manufacturer before trying it.

Sorry I can't be more help than that.

February 17, 2010
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Colin
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Hi,

I have used Leaf Zone before in a tank which had amano and cherry shrimps and eventually a motoro ray so it mustn't have copper in it??? In fact, that same tank then went on to have cephalopods in it which are about as sensitive to copper as you can get...

February 23, 2010
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Thanks a lot for the replies. After your advice and some research, I decided to pass on Leaf Zone and go with a Seachem product (Excell). This is a carbon rich liquid food, which I thought would fit my setup a little better. Leaf Zone is mostly chelated iron. Without CO2 injecttions, the carbon/iron mix of Excell should help my plants do well. Thanks again.

February 23, 2010
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Excell is a decent product - just be careful with some plants as it likes to melt them! I have no idea why but it has happened with alternanthera reineckii and vallis that I have had. Vallis appear to be quite a common one.

February 26, 2010
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Yacuruna
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QUOTE (Bluedave @ Feb 23 2010, 01:33 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Excell is a decent product - just be careful with some plants as it likes to melt them! I have no idea why but it has happened with alternanthera reineckii and vallis that I have had. Vallis appear to be quite a common one.

Thanks, I'll keep an eye on that. So far, so good!

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