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aznrice247 10-16-2012 03:46 AM

Would this be considered a good way to raise hardness?
 
So I stumbled across this awhile ago and I wasn't sure if this really is a good way to raise the GH. Considering there are many commercial products that are out there.

http://www.shrimpfanatic.com/2009/05...um-buffer.html

Bananariot 10-16-2012 05:00 AM

Eh I wouldn't prefer it. Especially with higher cost shrimp that need soft water. You just never know what amount to put would be the right amount. Also I would use a commercial remineralizer as they also include all the minerals a shrimp would need.

Cheap neos, go for it....might as well.

Expensive stuff.....well since I spend a lot on those shrimp I might as well take the extra step of insuring their livelihood

acitydweller 10-16-2012 10:10 AM

I'd skip the calcium carbonate(cuttlebone) as it would raise KH as well as GH. Magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) or Epsom salt will raise GH without altering KH. Used in a ratio of 1:3 with CaSO4 (Calcium sulphate) or plaster of Paris. Use 1 part MgSO4 to 3 parts CaSO4 to make your own GH booster.

Expense isn't so much of an issue as effort and time because the cost of these materials would likely last longer than a $18 bottle of shirakura CA+.

pejerrey 10-16-2012 02:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by acitydweller (Post 2045174)
I'd skip the calcium carbonate(cuttlebone) as it would raise KH as well as GH. Magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) or Epsom salt will raise GH without altering KH. Used in a ratio of 1:3 with CaSO4 (Calcium sulphate) or plaster of Paris. Use 1 part MgSO4 to 3 parts CaSO4 to make your own GH booster.

Expense isn't so much of an issue as effort and time because the cost of these materials would likely last longer than a $18 bottle of shirakura CA+.

Wow! That is mind blowing!
Plaster of Paris and Epsom salts!

What shrimp do you use this with? How long have you used it?

Thanks

MSG 10-16-2012 03:16 PM

Does Epsom salt have any negative effects on shrimps?

BTW, those of you that don't have epsom salt on hand.... it's $1 for 2lbs. It comes in a milk carton type container.


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