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For the solution you are creating, how much water are you mixing those weights of the various compounds with? Once you have that you can calculate the ppm based on the dose to the aquarium.
Were you able to get the KNO3 and CSM+B to fully dissolve? That's a lot of material for only 500mL.

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Were you able to get the KNO3 and CSM+B to fully dissolve? That's a lot of material for only 500mL.
I never did CSM + B with macros, so I am no good there. Only o certain made a macro solution but didn't like it. Right now I dry dose the macros once a week (front load 100%) and do custom micros 3x per week from a pump bottle.
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Were you able to get the KNO3 and CSM+B to fully dissolve? That's a lot of material for only 500mL.
I am also not able to get the material to fully dissolve. I usually just shake the bottle vigorously before I dose the tank.
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I am also not able to get the material to fully dissolve. I usually just shake the bottle vigorously before I dose the tank.
Is that working for you?

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Is that working for you?
I guess it's going okay? I assume it's similar to actually dry dosing the tank. Do you foresee an issue with this?
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I guess it's going okay? I assume it's similar to actually dry dosing the tank. Do you foresee an issue with this?
If it's working, then it's working. The only issue I can see would be inconsistent dosing. Every time you shake it you're injecting some raw material into the tank without knowing exactly how much. If you're comfortable doing things as you are then it's all good and nothing needs to change. If you want a bit more consistency and control over the dosing, start playing around with small amounts of material and work your way up to a higher amount that will still dissolve. Make sure to keep good notes and use the nutrient calculator every time so you know exactly how much liquid you need to dose to get the concentrations you want while doing this. When it comes to liquids it's better to have a more dilute solution and have to dose more than the opposite. Keep in mind that KNO3 has a solubility of 242 grams per liter at average room temperature. 50 grams per 500mL would probably be a good starting point.

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Another quick update as I have added additional lights to the tank.

I remembered that I had a 36" Fluval 2.0 on my QT tank and so I decided to add it the right side of the tank and take some par readings. After doing this I was getting PAR in the 130+ range and so I decided to order 1 additional 36" for the left side of the tank. Below are the par readings with the additional lights.

New light setup:
Left side: 2x 36" Fluval LED 3.0
Right side: 1x 36" Fluval 2.0 LED and 1x 36" Fluval 3.0 LED

Note, the below PAR readings are the highest reading I obtained at that location of the tank. I have all of the fixtures at 100%. After 1 week there doesn't seem to be any additional algae from the higher light. If I see some algae I plan on turning the lights down a bit.
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