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Old 04-05-2013, 10:30 AM   #1 
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So I had to figure out what all the hoopla was about regarding Seachem's Prime. I bought a bottle of it last week and am going to use it later today when I change the water in my tank.

I noticed that the concentration is much higher than with Stresscoat or Kordon's Water Conditioner (what I currently use). The problem is that my tank is on the smaller side (5.5g), and since I end up changing only 25-40% of the water at a time, the dosage of Prime seems like it's going to be difficult to measure out. It's 1ml per 10 gallons (or the lower thread on the cap as the bottle says... even though the threads have a pitch to them ). So I'd have to measure out roughly 250 to 400 microliters for my water changes.

Given how popular this stuff seems on here, I'm curious how everyone else is dosing it out on their smaller tanks. I mean I could always just round up to 1ml and just add that since it seems easier, but that would seem to defeat the point of having a higher concentration water conditioner.

I thought about finding a graduated eyedropper to measure this stuff out, but curious if anyone had a "MacGuyver" solution instead. Thanks

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Old 04-05-2013, 10:42 AM   #2 
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I have 1 gallon tanks. so I'm supposed to use 2 drops. However, I often add three or four times that. lol
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:02 PM   #3 
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I use a 1cc oral dosing syringe that I got from work - it easily doses down to .1cc. Only problem is that it needs to be replaced on occasion because they're not designed to be used a lot, so the plunger gets sticky and the measuring marks start to wear off.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:04 PM   #4 
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I just pour enough prime to cover the bottom of the cap or a little more for my smaller tanks. I don't worry about adding too much, nothing bad is going to happen if I double dose my 5g tank.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:13 PM   #5 
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I use the drops method, that seems to work well. I have an old eyedropper that I keep with my fish stuff for that. :)
As Aokashi said, it's 2 drops per gallon, but like her, I usually go an extra drop just in case. :)
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:13 PM   #6 
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I use my Aqueon or API cap to measure 1mL, then dilute 1mL into a container with 10 notches and pour 1 notch per gal for my WC and QT cup. I usually up up 2-3gal a day and discard the rest.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:34 PM   #7 
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Great info! Thanks all. ^I use the same blue measuring cap too, lol. Genius design on their part...

I'll give the drop method a shot. 20 drops/ml
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Because I have the larger bottle, which has no dropper, I use a 1ml syringe that I got from the vet, but you can get them from chemists, too. :) It's a super-easy, super-accurate way to do it. :)
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