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How to store dry ferts

Just putting dry ferts in a glass jar is enough or some other special care is to be taken ? What care should be taken in storing dry derts ?

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I just started with dry ferts but I use glass jars with a seal. Not sure how prone they are to absorbing humidty and caking so I figured a glass jar with a seal was the best bet.


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I keep them in an airtight container (so that moisture can't get in).

If you have pets or small children, you may want to keep them in a child-proof container as well.

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I've stored mine in ziplock baggies, inside a plastic grocery bag under my 75 gallon tank for almost 3 years, haven't had an problems yet. When I was reading on how to store them you want to keep them in air tight containers, and in a cool dark place.
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I use some containers that might not be really waterproof, they used to hold peanuts. I do notice some very minor caking, but the moment I touch them to scoop them it breaks apart.

I suppose if you were in a very humid location a silica packet might be a good idea.
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I think most of the chemicals used in dry ferts are pretty inert/stable so long as they are kept dry.

I don't even think absorbing a bit of moisture will be a big problem(assuming they are hygroscopic), just that it might throw off your measurements a bit.

I'd suggest just sticking them in something glass or plastic, preferably air tight, and then labeling it and sticking it in a cabinet or something.

Keeping it safe from pets and kids is a valid concern, but not one I have much experience with...
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