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How do you mix Greg Watson's ferts

If I buy the neccesary dry ferts.how do I mix them.Meaning do I mix each dry fert in a separate bottle of water and add it with a eye dropper that measures in milliliters as I do now with Seachem or is there another way.I want to buy the ferts because I think I am just dumping the Seachem ferts in the tank as instructed by Seachem but I really don't think my plants are benefitting from them and its really starting to get expensive.I thin kI am missin gsomething as to how to dose Greg's ferts.
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You don't need to mix ferts into a solution. I add it to my tank dry without any problems.

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My tank is only 20 gal.Is that going to matter?
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You don't need to mix ferts into a solution. I add it to my tank dry without any problems.
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No that wont matter, check out the stickie in the water parameter section. All the info that you need is there

Here is the link https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=21944


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And here I am thinking I had to buy some containers and premix the ferts into a diluted water solution and pour them into my tank.What threw me off was I see how Greg sells the twin neck bottles and measuring glasses.
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You don't need to mix ferts into a solution. I add it to my tank dry without any problems.
I'm not sure why anyone would want to do that. A good portion of what you dose will precipitate to the substrate undissolved. You want to add what you dose to the water column, why not take a moment to dissolve it first?

I'm not sure why you think you'd need a special container. Put it in a glass, measuring cup, or beaker, stir it with a spoon, dump it in.
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I have never had a problem with the stuff I add dissolving. I put it right in front of my filter spraybar and I don't see any precipitation. I have dropped it in the front of my tank and I don't see any precipitation.

These are water soluble so even if they do reach the substrate, why would that stop them from dissolving. The only reason they would not dissolve is if you change their chemical properties and that would require a chemical reaction.

As far as I know, the only affect this would have is maybe slowing down the dissolving proccess but it wouldn't prevent it.

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Of course it's up to you, but you run a risk of having some undissolved portions create concentrated pockets if you're not careful, which could be harmful to fish, plants, and invertebrates. As I mentioned it only takes a moment to dissolve it. It may not be that big a deal, but I personally wouldn't dose anything directly to the tank without stirring and dissolving first, and wouldn't advise others to either. It only takes a moment.
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pretty sure this was in the link, but will repeat what I do. I mix up a solution in a 500 ml bottle (normally 1 tbs of no3 plus any other macros I want to dose - proportionally). I dose early in the morning (when I am half asleep - and everyone else in the house is completely asleep).

I personally find measuring out 20-120 ml of solution a lot easier than opening a container of dry powder, removing some odd fractional tsp, and rehydrating it (often with only the light of my cell phone display).

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I'm with Hypancistrus, I'd rather have my ferts dissolved even BEFORE I introduce them to the aquarium. That said, when I dose macros I measure my 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of the powder, put it in a cup, and add HOT water. This dissolves it very fast, and the small amount of hot water doesn't affect the tank temperature. I do the same with micros, but it's 1/8 teaspoon. the only one I premix is phosphates, and my solution is strong enough that 4 mL raises my 29g by 1 ppm.
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Just dose it which ever way make's you "feel" confident, the plant's don't care, the fish don't care, just get it into the water column that is the objective!

This is not rocket science, and we are not building Piano's, just growing some weed's under water.

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This is not rocket science, and we are not building Piano's, just growing some weed's under water.

Ha Ha! That is hilarious! I agree with Wolf. Just get it in there.
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