tricks and tips and tools, medication:
Walgreens has both kids medicine marked 5ml/cc dropper/10ml scoop AND .1 to 1.0ml syringes, if you're really young you can have a parent ask for one of the tiny medical .1-to-1.0 syringes or ask them to damage the tip so it won't take needles. Tell them why you want it.
Art supply stores often have little pipettes which are usually 0.5ml or 1ml total volume and allow for very very fine material control.
Dust type and tablet type medications can be dropped into a 20oz bottle!
Use warm treated tap water or warm up the actual shipped water in them under hot water in the sink Do not exceed 92°F. Add the medication then cap it and shake it a while. This gives you half gallon gradation per ounce on treatments using the kids medicine scoop/dropper kit. Medications prepared this way are good for up to six days when stored cool but not refrigerated. Just put em in a paper sack on the floor out of reach of kids.
Tablets can also be broken, especially so with the Jungle brand. They can also be shaved if you're really good at geometry or have a small balance scale. I shave Lifeguard into betta cups all the time to treat fin-rot before I main-tank the girls.
Dust type envelopes can be shaken up then laid flat and then worked to evenly spread the dust out, then you simply drag the packet over to the edge of the tabletop and fold at 1/4 or 1/2 across without tipping up the remaining portion. Finish the fold then cut along the fold line and dose with the proportion needed. If you're having to do four quarters of the dust medication I advise using the water bottle method instead but if you carefully gather the dust in the quarter packet to one end, you'll see how much is a quarter packet and you can pour out just that much from the rest next time.
Cutting medication with purified water is common in livestock and vet. daily use. Most of the chemicals we use on fish were actually originally intended for human consumption either by injection or oral dose. This means they all work in temperatures of up to 104°F but since you need to store them you don't want to over-do the water temp. Warmth helps dissolve them into the water.
one milliliter is twenty gravity drawn drops from a one millimeter hole but varies a little on fluid consistency, many of the smaller tank chemical bottles will have droppers so for "5ml" you need one hundred drops from them. Generally the dropper tip on the bottle will be designed specifically to meet or exceed the dosage-per-drop value of the material inside.
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Last edited by Thunderloon; 02-16-2011 at 04:31 PM.