The cOZtail

by Paul Noonan

Australia's Paul Noonan researched the composition of our Victoria "Cocktail" using info from the suppliers' web pages and worked out the actual chemical composition of the cocktail. Using ingredients available in Australia, he has worked out an equivalent that is, so far, successful for use on Victoria and Euryale babies. They are Seasol, Seasol Powerfeed and Yates Chelated Iron. 

Kit's Cocktail:

180 square inches of pad = 1ml of basic 2007 cocktail undiluted and (180/1200=) 0.15 pondtabb. Thus the plant gets (in grams and also %W/V):

0.07 g 4.7% nitrogen
0.09 g 5.8% phosphorus
0.05 g 3.4% potassium
0.00 g 0.0% boron
0.00 g 0.2% copper
0.01 g 0.7% Iron
0.00 g 0.0% Manganese
0.00 g 0.1% Magnesium (Mg)
0.03 g 1.8% Humic Acids
0.03 g 1.7% Cold Water Kelp Extracts
0.02 g 1.2% Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
0.01 g 0.4% Amino Acids
0.00 g 0.2% Myo-Inositol
0.00 g 0.1% Thiamine (Vitamin B1) 0.00 g 0.0% Alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E) 

The cOZtail for babies:

Take 2.5g Yates Chelated Iron (YCI) powder and dissolve it in 135ml of rainwater

Extract 0.5ml of this YCI solution and put in a medicine bottle or similar.

Add 1ml of ‘Seasol Powerfeed’ concentrate liquid straight from it’s container to the medicine bottle

Add 1ml of regular Seasol concentrate straight from its container to the medicine bottle

[This gives 2.5ml of mixture so far]

Then add 68ml of rainwater to the medicine bottle

This is the mixture I then feed in place of Kit’s baby cocktail, so I follow Kit's dosage instructions for baby cocktail ie 0.5-1.0ml per week depending on how the plant is going. To know that you need to watch them closely.

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Or more than you ever wanted to know about feeding baby Victorias, adults too

Read Paul's account of saving almost dead Euryale ferox babies in
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