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Does anybody here dose nitrate dry?

I've got the measuring capabilities to dose 1/8 of a teaspoon worth of nitrate in my tank to give me 5ppm


I tried making a solution of 250ml with 9 tsps of nitrate, but couldn't get it to completely disolve.

Any tips.

According to Chuck's planted page that should have dissolved.

I may just dose dry now.

Any feedback would be much appreciated.

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I dose nitrate (KNO3) and potassium dry. I just mixed the dry amount I need in some tank water and dump it in the tank. I have found that nitrate is hard to dissolve in quantity in water.
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I think that's what I may start doing rather than make a continuous solution. I wish I could make the solution though.

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Could you just add it straight to the tank water without mixing it?

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You can. What I do is take a bottle and fill it with tank water, add the nitrates and then pour back into the tank.
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Thanks Rex.

The only reason I ask is because the base of my tank is about 5 and a half feet off the ground on this dresser that I have, so doing tank maintenance without having to get then step ladder out is what I'm aiming for with my dosing routine. I'll probably just add it dry then. It should dissolve on its own in the tank water without any agitation yeah? Just trying to get all the info I can before I set up my routine.

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I don't advise dosing dry into the tank because the fert won't instantly dissolve...you run the risk of fish eating the ferts, which seem like food to them, and that obviously wouldn't be good.

I just grab a 100-200mL of tank water using a turkey baster, put it in a little shaker bottle, dose 1/4tsp KNO3, shake and then pour it back in.

I'm not a real short guy, but I still keep a step ladder by my 75, because the canopy's so tall it can be a pain to reach the bottom of the tank.
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Thanks Gregg,

The turkey baster is a great idea. That should be easier.

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I use a stainless travel coffee mug, fill with tank water add kn03 stir good with a spoon and dump right back in.
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I dose my KNO3 dry and have never had a problem. The fish almost always swim right into it and even sometimes eat it, as they think it's probably food, and I've never seen them in better health. Then again common sense tells most that eating dry chemicals is not a good idea, but I doubt it gets to their stomach.

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Yeah, I figure, "why risk it?"

Only reason I used the turkey baster is because I wrote KNO3 on the plastic mixing bottle with blue marker, and I don't want that to get into the tank water.
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