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Old 10-02-2012, 10:05 PM   #1
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Dry Fertilizer Dosing Containers


So I don't like scooping out my ferts out everyday to dose the tank, mainly because I get yelled at every time I spill a few granules of kno3 (she is certain it is bad for the dog, I assured her he'll be fine).

So I was poking around amazon for a relatively cheap convenient compact container w/ screw tops that would allow me load up a single day's dose of nitrate, phosphate, and potassium sulfate all together to dump in. I just loaded up a full month's worth and I really like them.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00

For the time being I will still be scooping my CSM+B. Anyone else do this?
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I used to do the 7 day medicine containers. One day macros the other micros. Worked really well.. now im just a daily scooper
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:56 AM   #3
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Not me, I use empty soap/lotion pump action bottles like this, but 16 ounce ones...

http://www.amazon.com/Soft-Style-Lot...lotion+bottles


I use a digital scale, and measure out my dry fertilizers then add them into the empty bottle, and fill with water and mix. Then I do "5" pumps three times a week. Every fert has it's own pump action bottle, so they are kept separate from each other.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:21 AM   #4
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That's a cool idea with the lotion bottles, i personally got away from dosing as liquids because I keep my house pretty cold (because I'm cheap) in the winter and my csm+B and phosphate had to be mixed really dilute to keep them from precipitating out and I got sick of refilling bottles. Very slick idea.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:59 AM   #5
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I'm using this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i00




28 containers = 5 weeks of dosing for me (3x/week macro, 2x/week micro) plus a couple of days slack if I get lazy about refilling it.

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My solution is solutions with a dropper. I use pps pro so it's a few drops of macros and micros every day.
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That's a cool idea with the lotion bottles, i personally got away from dosing as liquids because I keep my house pretty cold (because I'm cheap) in the winter and my csm+B and phosphate had to be mixed really dilute to keep them from precipitating out and I got sick of refilling bottles. Very slick idea.
Im right there with ya. My house doesnt get cold, but i see no point in spending all that extra time mixing bottles when i can just dump a dry dose in daily.

And its a whole lot easier to clean up a dry spill than a wet spill, especially if we are talking iron and csm
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I mix mine wet, then use a syringe without a needle to dose. Largest tanks need a turkey baster. I am working on mixing stronger batches so I can dose less. Each batch will last longer that way, so longer between mixing a new batch.

I mix macros (N, P, K) in one bottle, micros (CSM+B and Iron) in another bottle. Do not mix phosphate and iron. I have seen tests that show even dosing these 2 dry at the same time (few minutes apart) can cause them to precipitate, making the iron unavailable to the plants. I dose macros and micros on alternate days.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:59 AM   #9
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So I don't like scooping out my ferts out everyday to dose the tank, mainly because I get yelled at every time I spill a few granules of kno3 (she is certain it is bad for the dog, I assured her he'll be fine).

So I was poking around amazon for a relatively cheap convenient compact container w/ screw tops that would allow me load up a single day's dose of nitrate, phosphate, and potassium sulfate all together to dump in. I just loaded up a full month's worth and I really like them.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00

For the time being I will still be scooping my CSM+B. Anyone else do this?
So I like this even more than the pop-out pill containers, primarily since they're clear.

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I mix dry ferts into two 710ml water bottles with squeeze tops, then give it a shake and squirt the required fert into a shot glass thats has a 20ml mark made on it. Easy and precise. Lasts me about a month.


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I am only dosing a 60 liter tank but I just dump the ferts right into the filter output dry. I just bought that clear 30 container set. Thanks.

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Old 10-06-2012, 11:31 PM   #12
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So I like this even more than the pop-out pill containers, primarily since they're clear.

Thank you so much for posting this! I personally ordered lotion bottles from http://www.sks-bottle.com/ but I keep my house pretty cold and so have issues with the salt precipitating out. I think I'll give this method a shot.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:07 AM   #13
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For anyone still reading this thread, I've found that it is important to only put CSM+b in the same containers each time. Last time when I refilled them arbitrarily. I got a bunch of hard crufty stuff that I had to dig out with a toothpick. Keeping them separated doesn't do this (I'm guessing it's a reaction between the CSM+B and KNO3 or KH2PO4)
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:42 PM   #14
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i have that same container. i was wondering how to get started with using it. i picked it up with some ferts from a member on here.

its setup for monday,weds,friday.

do i have to dose daily? or will this every other day be ok?

i have the following ferts: how much of each should i use? are there some i shouldnt use? website to help with dosing? or amount?

potassium nitrate(kno3)
potassium sulfate(k2so4)
mono potassium phosphate(kh2po4)
ultimate gh booster
plantex csm+b

and my tank is 11.4 gallons.
high light(leds)
and some co2, using a fluval mini thing till i get my tank filled.

thanks!!!
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:20 PM   #15
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I use wets calculator to calculate EI daily into these containers. They also have ml marks to make calculation easy.

http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/ite...=searchresults
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