Potassium nitrate (Spectracide stump remover) dosing steps

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  1. twilliard

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    Hi R2R fans!
    Here I have another write up this time about potassium nitrate.
    With this I hope to answer all the questions I have received.

    This step by step is for my 80 gallons total volume.
    I run the full triton method so your uptake of no3 will be different than mine.

    First lets start with the product.
    Potassium nitrate :)
    This is what the Spectracide stump remover consists of.
    There are many sources for this if you look it up. My wife is an Amazon shopper so that is where I got mine. You can find potassium nitrate every where!

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    (Sorry my tablet doesn't take the best shots lol )

    Now lets move on to mixing this stuff!
    Grab yourself a set of measuring spoons. Put 2 tablespoons in a clear plastic cup

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    Now fill the cup to the first line with RODI water

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    Stir well!

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    It will come out clear and doesn't take long to mix
    Now after dosing make sure you put it in a sealed container!

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    Now lets get to dosing this stuff :)
    You will want to have plenty of no3 tests on hand to start out. Your no3 will decrease substantially over night so you have to keep an eye on it. I was testing every day till I figured my daily consumption rate (which changes slightly day to day)
    Now in my 80 gallons of volume 10Ml of this will raise my no3 by 1.5 ppm
    Here is a before shot taken today

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    I added 10Ml of my solution and waited an hour to re-test

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    Bingo! Right on the nose :)
    Now I get a lot asking "is this safe? Does this increase potassium ?" The straight simple answer??
    No
    Here is 30 days of use. Triton ICP test

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    I will get a better picture of this for some reason my d40 shots are missing from my sd card :(

    I hope this answers a lot of questions and thank you for reading :)
    -Todd
     

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    Todd you the man:cool:
     
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    Here is the shot from my d40 :) thanks all!
     
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    Oh shoot! The title is messed up!
    Is there a mod that can fix this for me if possible ?
     
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    Done ;)
     
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    Thanks Roberto.;)
     
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    Thank you so much!
     
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    great write up todd. love the dosing per gallons as well.

    one thing. i do get an uptick of potassium with my dosing regiment. so it may be prudent for others to test as well.

    mine goes up 10ppm monthly.

    you may have an equilibrium established
     
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    could be that your macros are keeping them in check. ive yet to see my scrubber collect any algae.
     
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    Keep a good relationship between no3 and po4.
    You will be amazed!
    I had to back of the feeding a little cause my po4 was rising a tad bit.
     
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    So you are raising your NO3 to feed Macros?
     
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    I think the intent is to feed zooxanthellae and in turn color-up the coral in the process.
     
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    I need to read this because right now I cannot keep SPS corals. I wish one day to have a very large tabling paradise!
     
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    Once no3 are at 4ppm how do I get no4 up from 0?
     
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    Yes this is added to help aid in photosynthesis and development of zooxanthellae
     
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    Po4 is something that will come from feeding your tank.
     
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    @Russ265 can give a lot of insight, I trust his knowledge
     
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