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How do I measure this out?

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40~60gal
50% H20 change-weekly
1/8 Tsp-K2S04 3x a week
1/8 Tsp-KH2P04 3x a week
3/4 Tsp-GH booster once a week
1/8Tsp-CSM+B 3x a week


Dose the macros 3x a week(maybe MWF), then the micros 3x a week on alternating days(Tu, Th, Sat), then 50% water change on Sunday and dose the gh booster after the water change.

How do I measure out 1/8 of a tsp?
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You'll need to buy a measuring spoon that size. Those can be found just about anywhere. They go all the way down to 1/64 teaspoon. You could also mix solutions if you like. Here are recipes for common tank sizes.
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They are often marked with dash, pinch, smidgen etc so just find the conversion online.

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Yeah, Amazon sells dash, pinch, and smidgen spoons. I just picked up a set.

Dash = 1/8 tsp
Pinch = 1/16 tsp
Smidgen = 1/32 tsp
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For just a few bucks more, less then 15 bucks, you can get a digital scale and 100 gram weight. You then can use this site, http://calc.petalphile.com/en/, to get your correct measurement. For general use, the American Weigh 100g x 0.01g Digital Scale for general dosing and the 100 Gram Chrome Scale Calibration Weight. You can go to amazon to find them. Remember that 100 milligrams is .1 grams. You then can create your own solutions. But the spoon are less then 5 bucks. Your choice.
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Here is how I figure it out.

Question 1:
How much will I need to dose all my tanks for 2 weeks?
Put that much into 2 bottles (Macros in one bottle, Micros and Fe in the other)
I use kitchen measuring spoons to do this. A standard set goes down to 1/8 tsp.

Question 2a:
Is there a convenient way to dose many different tank sizes?
Answer: Yes. Dose each tank @ 1 ml per 3 gallons of tank size.
Question 2b:
How many ml will I need to dose all the tanks for 2 weeks?
Put that much water into the bottles.

Shake well.

On Mon, Wed, Fri take the Macro bottle and a syringe (no needle) to each tank. Dose @ 1ml/3 gal.
On Tue, Thu, Sat take the Micro bottle and a syringe (no needle) to each tank. Dose @ 1ml/3 gal.

I do not use GH booster. My tap water is just fine for most of the fish I keep.
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Now how do I measure 1 ml ?
They don't allow e-bay links here...so go there and put into search "Pipette".
The glass ones are expensive but the plastic ones are cheap. They are usually 3ml
but I found 1 ml ones on there. I also bought a dropper marked in ml from Walmart in kitchen supplies.

The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line...in the opposite direction...
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Most syringes are marked in mls. A lot of times they have them in drugstores with a stopper so you can draw from bottles.

I think I've seen them in craft stores, but it's been a while since I checked there.
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Most syringes are marked in mls. A lot of times they have them in drugstores with a stopper so you can draw from bottles.

I think I've seen them in craft stores, but it's been a while since I checked there.
You can buy a box of 100 1ml needle-less syringes from Amazon for about $12 (or 10 for $3, etc.). These will let you measure down to .1 ml pretty easily.

Alternatively, you could just dilute it up to where it's easier to measure -- mix it 3:1 with water, and 1/8 tsp becomes 1/2 tsp, etc.
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I just use a 1/4 tsp & eyeball half of that. LOL

I recently found 1/8 tsp at a thrift store so bought it. Haven't used it yet. Still like the shape of my 1/4 tsp better. Its shape allows me to easily eyeball 1/2 of it.
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Eye droppers and similar things can be found in Wal Mart and any store with a pharmacy department.
Look around for one that has black lines on the side. These will tell you how fine a measurement you can get.

An eye dropper that holds a total of 1 ml will usually be marked down to 1/10 ml, or .1ml.

I use syringes without needles, picking them up here and there, friends in the medical and veterinary fields (Try a feed store, or even a dog and cat place, look in the section for nursing orphaned babies and other medical stuff).

I have syringes that measure up to 60 ml.

Turkey basters may also be measured in ml. They are not so accurate, though. Fast, to dose the big tanks, however.

I have kitchen measuring tools that measure both ounces and ml. ranging from 1/8 tsp to 1 quart.

The tools are out there, just gotta look!
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