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Storing dry ferts

How do u store your dry ferts? Lately I wanted to organize my stuff and I was trying to think of a way to store them in a convient way for me to use every day instead of opening a bag. So far I'm thinking of using the plastic cans of hikari plastic cans. Its a nice twist off and im on the search for some small glass jars to use.

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I bet if you found the right salt shaker, it would work well, or one of those powder gatorade containers (darn i just threw one out!)
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I bet if you found the right salt shaker, it would work well, or one of those powder gatorade containers (darn i just threw one out!)
Nah I need something small. Something that I can keep on the table with out it looking like i got 10 bags. lol

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I use empty (and clean) glass jar of marmalade. I then label it with what I put in it, the dosing days and the amount I dose... That way I am less likely to forget...
The rest of the stuff I cant fit in the jars stays in the ziplock bags in the storage room.
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From Ikea, I got plastic jars with flip lids like 4-8 ounce spice containers. (one side is a shaker, one side for a spoon (how convenient)
All nice and neat. and under 5 bucks.

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Iv been pondering the same question, I too just have my frets in the ziplock bags they came it. I think Im going to grab some of these from USPlastic.

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I use the Glad cheap food storage containers.

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I use the exact usplastics containers.
I have the dosing labeled on the front in case i forget
It doesnt take too much space to store them at all
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chinese food soup containers! they are free plus you get to eat chinese food!


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I went to a craft store and got some water-based paints with the little flip up and snap closed lids (you can probably find them in any children's isle). I washed the paint right out and cut the little mini plastic containers. I pre-measure my doses in advance and can easily be set for multiple doses without having to measure for a long time.

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I took some pics (you can see an old dosing regime paper on the bottom)

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I use a one week pill reminder box to hold the daily doses when I travel for work so my wife can easily dumb the right amount into the tank by just opening the compartment for the day. Similar to the little containers NightSky has above.

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Great idea's Thanks!

Where do you store the rest of the powders for a longer shelf life? I have about a years worth of fert.

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I went the cheapo route with old spice bottles from a flea market. Lids are labeled with name and dosage. I keep the bulk in the plastic bags and refill the bottles.
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I keep the bulk in the plastic bags and refill the bottles.
Same here. They're in a cool closet. They're pretty old too since I first started with planted tanks back in 05. They still work.
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I have mine premeasured in a water bottle.. so I buy a small 325ml bottle of water (poland spring aqua pod).. dump the dry ferts in and shake.. and I just keep it in the dark under my tank. I have a syringe plug in the bottle.. so I just stick the syringe in and pull whatever I need and dose with the syringe.. i do about 7ml daily.. so it only lasts about a month.
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