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Ok when people are telling others to "dose 10ppm" or whatever amounts are they saying that you should:
a) make a solution and then add enough of the solution to bring your tank levels up to a certain point all at once or a bit at a time or what?
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b) add dry compound to bring up the levels?

I just find the definition and methods of "dosing" to be very vague and I worry that someone new to a planted tank that contains fish could make a mistake when doing the "dosing". Do most people add small amounts of dry ingredients to their tanks (I'm thinking larger tanks here) or make a solution and then add X number of mL of solution to the tank to bring up the levels? It is much easier to add dry compounds to a large tanks but what would be the easiest way to add them to a small tank like 10 to 30 gallons? It's pretty hard to get .5 - 1.5 grams of a compound without spending money on a digital scale or something like that. Also how fast should you bring up levels of things such as Nitrates? Over the period of a day, week?
If we could post a sticky somewhere describing how to go about making solutions and adding dry compounds I think it would be appreciated and less intimedating for new members. Just a thought since I'm new to the whole "dosing" discussions, and I'm not experienced yet, I noticed a lot of vagueness in the posts and it's kind of confussing for the first bit.
 

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You're right many things are taken for granted at times and when you're new at this "10ppm of NO3 using KNO3" really doesn't give you the whole picture :)

You can dose either dry or diluted/pre-mixed. Those who dose dry usually go by teaspoon measures and those who dose diluted would use a calculator such as this one to figure out the mixture of ingredients and doses required to raise the concentration by a certain amount:

...where is it now? I'm a little lost in the new interface, we have a very nice calculator here at APC but I can't find it right now so I'll link to this one:

http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/art_plant_dosage_calc.htm

As far as how quickly to raise levels to their target concentrations I've always done it immediately without any real "build-up" period, but then again my fish are used to that now, perhaps initially you may want to raise the levels over a 2-3 day period... not sure how important that is but if it's a concern there are no setbacks to doing it gradually.

Hope that helps
Giancarlo Podio
 

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Hi

If you go to the fertilizer section theres a sticky there called Perpetual Preservation System with tons of information. Also check out the FAQ.
Hope it helps
 
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