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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-05-2014, 10:28 PM
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I just switched too. Not sure what the heck is in the tap, Plants seems to love and the Shrimp seem to NOT be liking it. Shrimp win. I was trying to figure out which one to get too, found a bunch of threads saying everybody was on the SS GH+, now everyone seems to be jumping over to SS GH+ KH+. I will keep on SS gh+ if I need Kh, someone suggested handful of Crushed coral.
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post #17 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-11-2014, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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I get different readings sometimes if I do not shake my container up first. Your readings seem a bit crazy though.
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I been using SaltyShrimp GH/KH+ for almost 7 months and love the stuff. Easy to use and lasts a long time.

When I got the SaltyShrimp the first time, I read the directions, but didn't go by what they said. I know I wanted my Neo tanks to be at GH 7. So I got my 5 gallon bucket, RO water, TDS meter, GH test, and kept adding SaltyShrimp until I got GH 7. Takes over 2 scoops to get GH 7 KH 3/4 PH 7.6 TDS 215.

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post #20 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-12-2014, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for posting your parameters GreenBliss!! That actually helped me out a lot. Made me question my GH test solution. So, I tried a different GH test solution and got about the same as you did.

Today I added about 2 1/2 scoops of SS GH/KH+ to 5 gallons of RO water and my resulting water was - TDS 220, GH 7, and KH 4. (I still got a GH of 10 with my old API test. I got the 7 with an Elos test.)

One other note - The previous post I said the remineralized water was fairly milky white. I didn't think it mattered at the time, but I dissolved the SS in a cup of boiling water the first time. The second time I just did a lot of stirring and the water appears much clearer. I don't know why heating it up made any difference, but maybe it did. I write this in case someone else has the same thing happen.

In any event, at least it looks like two of us get about the same results. Although I don't think it mixes nearly the water indicated on the directions (6GH@250-350TDS), at least it appears to be consistent.

Thanks again!
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