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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-05-2006, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Dry Ferts Question

Do I need a little digital scale to dose dry ferts correctly? I'm thinking about switching to dry ferts...

Right now I have some minor algae but it's not taking over my tank or anything.

I have purchased the entire sea chem lineup and dose pretty much according to the bottles. For KNO3 I have been using stump remover I mixed into a bottle of water to make dosing easier.

To be honest I have pretty much no idea what I'm doing and every time I look up dosing I have to do a million conversions, but the worst one is always grams to teaspoons, and even then every tank is different... Pretty much as it is now I test for nitrate every couple days and dose accordingly. But I have not been able to find a constant/predictable amount of anything to dose.

I read the dosing sticky but I'm still lost as I don't own a digital scale. I'm assuming everyone dosing dry ferts owns a little scale?
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Measuring spoons work well, pinch smidge and dash if you have a smaller tank


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you can buy those teaspoon set at Bath and Beyond, Linen and Things or Walmart, But if you want to be accurate on what you want to put on your tank then Gram Scale is for you, you can get one at Ebay

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you can buy those teaspoon set at Bath and Beyond
I use the 1/8 teaspoon from this $6 set every other day (macro & micro ferts)
the 1 teaspoon every week (baking soda & marine salt)
and the 1 tablespoon every month (phosphate sponge media)



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i follow the dosing sticky by wolfenxXx, so for my 60 gallon I dose 1/2 tsp nitrate, 1/8 tsp phosphate, 1/8 tsp potassium. I just dump the dry ferts directly into the tank while i'm feeding the fish. Easy-peasy.

If you have a small tank than measuring something like 1/32 tsp is a little harder. The first time measure 1/8 tsp, then divide in half for 1/16 and again for 1/32. Once you know what 1/32 tsp looks like, it's easy to quickly dose thereafter. If it's a little off, it doesn't matter since you'll be doing waterchanges anyway.
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I find it easier to set up 1-2 weeks worth of ferts at a time. I use old perscription bottles (which i have a million of since my dads kidney transplant) and figure out a daily dose (take the 3x one and multiply it by 3/7). Then each day i just grab a bottle and dump it in when I feed the fish. That way I dont' have to bust out all the ferts and the spoons each day and I don't have to remember if its a macro or micro day. Plus easier if you have someone watching your tank for you
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