WELL... to rolo...
I am JUST starting my dosing...so im a little in-experianced thus far. I JUST got my big al's shipment today (all the test kits PO4, FE, NO3(replacement) , more Kh(was on-sale). Looks like most of my water is depleted. I got tons of hair algae growing on my back walls.. and on some plants(I did a bleach dip a couple of days ago..most plants are just NOW bouncing back!)
I dosed KN03 cause I knew nitrates were low..or thought so anyway. I got it up to about 10ppm+ (according to my NEW Red Sea test kit)!! What I did was I shook and shook and shook, and had my wife shake and shake and shake the bottle... then I took the dropper topper off(like that name) and physically crushed the sediment to powder...now it works great (new test kit though)
I contacted Red Sea today and sent them a complaint about the regents not working, in my old test kit..(head to head test of old and new kit showed a BIG difference!!) They are sending me a replacement. I am very satisfied with that...they could of just blew me off!.. not much I could do about it either. BTW it read about 45% off from other test kits and the coloration was about 1/3 as deep.
Now I got to figure out how to dose my other nutrients... I got some skrimps to deal with the algae (hope they and the ottos can deal with it a little).
Some further warnings.. the red sea people said that keeping your test liquids in a warm area may ruin them!! Also, those bottles are not hard to open and re-stir...hell, Ill pry use them for dosing once im done with 'em (Yah i know Ill have to rinse the crap out of them.. I plan to use only the least toxic chemical bottles)