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Old 11-18-2011, 09:10 PM   #1 
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Filter Media & Dosing Info Sheet

Hi all, just decided to make this sheet to help everyone out with loose media and meds/ salt treatment. Maybe it could be a sticky???

Activated Carbon/Ammonia Remover (Loose)
5-20 Gal - 1.6 oz. (45g)
21-36 Gal - 3.2 oz. (90g)
37-52 Gal - 4.8 oz. (135g)
*Replace Monthly*
Sponge/Water Pads
Get the correct size for filter, Rinse monthly and replace when falling apart
Or By Directions: Replace every 2-6 months
Biomax/Ceramic Rings/Pre Filter/Misc. Rings
5-20 Gal - 2.1 oz. (60g)
21-36 Gal - 4.2 oz. (120g)
37-52 Gal - 6.3 oz. (180g)
*Replace When Dissolved Or No Longer Holding Algae etc.*
Or By Directions: Replace Every 3-6 Months

Genral Med/Salt Info
Always read directions! Generally 1 tsp/10 gallons & Salt 1tsp/gal
1 drop = 0.05 ml (0.002 oz.)
1 tsp = 0.2 oz.
1 tbsb = 0.5 oz.

Medicine Tip! (Works Great!!) For small tanks, figure out the ratio of meds to water Example: 1 tsp of meds per 10gal of water
1 tsp = 0.0013 Gal. so ratio = 1:0.0013 So for each unit whether it be teaspoons, tablespoons, or even a cup so long as it stays the same container for the whole time you want to measure out 1 unit of water and add 0.0013 units of the meds (use a calculator! Do units of water / 0.0013 = x gallons of meds....to convert to tsp go to google and type x gal in tsp and it will tell you as first search result without clicking to a site :)

AQ/Epsom Salt Treatment
Low Dose Long Term
1 gal - 1/2 tsp ---------- 6 gal - 3 tsp
2 gal - 1 tsp ------------ 7 gal - 3 1/2 tsp
3 gal - 1 1/2 tsp -------- 8 gal - 4 tsp
4 gal - 2 tsp ------------ 9 gal - 4 1/2 tsp
5 gal - 2 1/2 tsp -------- 10 gal - 5 tsp

General Dose (14 Days Max) * May Be Doubled Or Tripled In Severe Cases Of Finrot/Bloat Etc.
1 gal - 1 tsp ------ 6 gal - 6 tsp
2 gal - 2 tsp ------ 7 gal - 7 tsp
3 gal - 3 tsp ------ 8 gal - 8 tsp
4 gal - 4 tsp ------ 9 gal - 9 tsp
5 gal - 5 tsp ------ 10 gal - 10 tsp
Prime By Seachem Water Conditioner (1 Drop = 0.05ml / 0.002 oz)
1 gal - 2 drops ------ 6 gal - 12 drops
2 gal - 4 drops ------ 7 gal - 14 drops
3 gal - 6 drops ------ 8 gal - 16 drops
4 gal - 8 drops ------ 9 gal - 18 drops
5 gal - 10 drops -----10 gal - 20 drops

I stopped at 10 gal on most info as this is the highest common size of tank. Hopefully this will help many of you. If there's any other kind of measuring you would like feel free to let me know and I will add it or PM it to you. :) Enjoy!

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Old 11-19-2011, 07:05 PM   #2 
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Looks good, and some good info :) I would add in Stress Coat, since it is widely used.

Just a question..
"AQ/Epsom Salt Treatment
Low Dose Long Term"

You shouldn't be using AQ salt long term.. 10 days is usually the longest you would be using it for.. at 1-3 teaspoon per gallon for treatment. With daily 100% water changes. Same with Epsom- although it may be gentler, there is no reason to use it long term outside of treatment and even then, if by a week or so it doesn't work, then medication is usually recommended.

So unsure what you meant by "long term" in that particular setting?
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:49 PM   #3 
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I meant like if you had to do it slightly longer like 2 weeks or just need a milder dose for minor problems not like all the time just if you need it a bit longer....now that I look at it is slightly confusing. Hmmmm now I just don't know how I'll add the stress coat.....because after 20 mins you can't edit. Got any ideas?
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:26 PM   #4 
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Is this able to be a sticky?
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:05 PM   #5 
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Use of both aquarium salt and Epsom salt for treatment with Bettas-Best to be used in therapeutic dosages starting at 1tsp/gallon up to 3tsp/gal depending on what you are treating and tolerance...

Remember not all species of fish, inverts and plants are tolerant of salts

Aquarium salt (sodium chloride) should be limited to 10 days

Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) can be used long term if needed and is also safe to use with live plants-while some species of plants can be sensitive to aquarium salt.

Treatments are best completed in a small bare QT container-since some treatments also require frequent and large water changes-by using a QT it also give you more control and ease of observation.

Premixing the treatment water is also a good idea and this helps provide proper dosages and the ability to add a tannin source which can also be helpful

Both aquarium salt and Epsom salt have antibacterial/fungal properties and can be useful for treatment when used for the right reason, dosage and duration.

Tannins also have antibacterial/fungal properties and can help ease stress, toughen scales/fins and lower pH slightly overtime.

Tannins-IAL (Indian almond leaf) for treatment-1large crushed leaf/gallon

Oak leaf-naturally dried and fallen from the tree-18-20 crushed/gallon

The longer they steep the more tannins released the darker the water

Do not heat leaves over 110F since the heat can kill the antibacterial/fungal properties.....
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:58 PM   #6 
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OFL, yes that is true, great addition!
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