Join Date: May 2011
Location: St. Louis, MO, USA
So, what are the thoughts of everyone that said they were going to try this???
I received mine yesterday and just made up a 5 gallon batch of it. Here is what I found...
I went with TDS as the instructions indicate that 300 -/+50 TDS will give 6 GH, and I wanted my TDS to be around 250 to 300 with 6GH. So for a first test I went for a target of 300 TDS. I also decided to use product weight (instead of scoops from the measuring spoon provided) as I do with everything to help standardize measuring. I also carefully measured 5 gallons of water to start with.
First off, I noticed that the product itself was a lot finer powder than my SS GH+. I liked that and hoped it would dissolve better than GH+ does initially.
For me, it took 10 grams (about 5 scoops) to raise the TDS to approx. 315. That was considerably more than the directions indicate using 4 grams (2 scoops) for 20 liters, which is about 5 gallons. I didn't find this all that different from my experience with SS GH+, as I use 5 grams per 5 gallons and the directions indicate to use 3 grams per 5 gallons to reach a target of 200 TDS.
Next, I noticed that the water was milky white instead of clear. I found that very odd and unlike GH+, but figured perhaps it would clear over time as the additives dissolved.
Next, I decided to measure GH and KH. WOW! High readings! I measured GH at 18 and KH at 7. This would indicate I need to use about a two thirds less product to make up my water to reach a desired GH of 6, but I would think that the TDS would be cut by 2/3 as well. That would basically give me a TDS of 100 with a GH of 6 and a KH of about 2 or 3. Hmmmmmm. Not exactly the results I was looking for.
SOooo, those are my initial observations with SS GH/KH+. I'll post more as I get them.
If anyone else has used this product, I'd love to hear your thoughts and observations. Additionally, if I made any mistakes or did anything wrong, PLEASE let me know that as well.