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Ok so I got the macro Nutrients and micro Nutrients. I got the dry salts. So now my queation is how to dose it dry? do i need to mix all the macro salt in a mug or bottle and than pour it in the tank or I can also directly pour the salt in the tank?
which the best method, dry or liquid?

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is this potassium Nitrate kno3? i have this but i saw in Internet that potassium Nitrate is in the form of white powder.. do i need to crush it?

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Ok so I got the macro Nutrients and micro Nutrients. I got the dry salts. So now my queation is how to dose it dry? do i need to mix all the macro salt in a mug or bottle and than pour it in the tank or I can also directly pour the salt in the tank?
which the best method, dry or liquid?
There are various dosing regimens that can be followed. EI was originally designed to be dosed dry, so if you want, you can dose it dry.

Alternatively, some people like dosing it as a liquid (or require it to be in liquid form for an autodoser to work). If this is the case, you can also prepare liquid solutions.

There really is no difference between liquid vs dry. It depends on what you find convenient and what you might need.

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is this potassium Nitrate kno3? i have this but i saw in Internet that potassium Nitrate is in the form of white powder.. do i need to crush it?
According to the picture, it says it is KNO3. Potassium nitrate can come in a variety of forms. The picture you linked might just be a recrystallization. I have seen potassium nitrate sold as a white powder, and also in prills.

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Break apart the blob, but it is OK if it is small crystals when you dose.

Here is how I do it:
Figure out how much of each I want to dose over a couple of weeks. (6 doses, based on Estimative Index method)
Put that much into 2 bottles.
KNO3, KH2PO4 and K2SO4 are in one bottle, labeled Macros.
CSM+B or other trace minerals are in another bottle. Labeled Traces.

Add enough water to dissolve the materials, and add it in some amount that makes dosing easy.
For example, to dose at the rate of 1ml of fertilizer per 3 gallons of tank size you would add up all the gallons of tanks, then divide by 3 to get the daily dose, then multiply by how many days worth of dosing you put in there. That is how many ml of water to add to the bottle.
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okay great.. thanks for the information.
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