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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-01-2015, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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In the past I have always treated my whole tank after performing a water change with a basic dechlorinator. After reading about Prime, I picked some up. Since I only have a 20G tank, I will change 5 gallons each time. The little bottle of Prime is good for 1000 gallons, quite concentrated. I have read that with using Prime some treat 24 hours before adding the water to tank. How do some of you measure this in small doses? A syringe? My idea is to either buy a 5 gallon jug and dose 24 hours prior with trying to use the cap to measure, of just use my 1 gallon jug and pick up a syringe somewhere to measure out for each gallon and add immediately. My main concern is not to overdose the water. Any input would help. Thanks!

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-01-2015, 03:18 PM
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You can buy a medicine dropper from the drugstore, comes in 1 ml and 5 ml sizes.

One ml is 15-16 drops using these droppers. Test it if you like.

For one gallon, that translates to 2 drops of prime. Close enough

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If you're using jugs or buckets to add water, you can just treat the amount of new water you're adding, using a syringe. I use a python so I treat for the volume of the entire tank. I dump in the Prime using the cap, then start the refill. There's no need to age the water when using Prime - it acts instantly. A small overdose won't hurt anything either.
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I'd suggest changing 10 gallons and using one thread of the cap to treat it. That's assuming that you have one of the smaller containers that has the threads that are approximately 1 ml.
Personally I change around 60 percent and dose enough for the whole tank right into the tank as I refill form the python hose. (Also if you haven't looked into a python yet, it is easily the best investment I've made in terms of making the hobby painless.


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2 drops per gallon.
No need to bucket this water or wait to put in tank.

Prime dose x5 can be used to treat high water parameters.
Only do this once per 48 hours if ever needed.

So a little heavy on a water change won't hurt.
Many always dose for a full tank.


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Right on. Thanks guys!

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