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Old 04-05-2012, 10:31 PM   #151
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I ordered a bottle for myself a while back. I can't say exactly how well it works. I haven't noticed much of a difference in the way my plants look. I'm really not regular at all with the dosing, and it's supposed to be dosed every day. Haven't lost any shrimp though
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:37 PM   #152
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I ordered a bottle for myself a while back. I can't say exactly how well it works. I haven't noticed much of a difference in the way my plants look. I'm really not regular at all with the dosing, and it's supposed to be dosed every day. Haven't lost any shrimp though
Thanks. I thought you can dose once a week or something very infrequent...this makes it a deal breaker for me.
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Old 04-08-2012, 04:46 AM   #153
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Bebi and Shield are essentials for my tanks, now. Color makes the colors of all my shrimp brighter and deeper. Barley isn't in my tanks long enough to benefit water quality because it is eaten within a couple of hours... Next up to try will be Dance!
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Old 04-08-2012, 04:56 AM   #154
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So far Color seems to be the favorite food, but since the shrimps are finally figuring out 'glass dish=food, just don't mind the habrosus', I'm gonna keep trying the others. I use Shield when I do water changes and it seems to make them pretty happy. I may go for Barley next.
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:42 AM   #155
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as far as the BW humic goes, is it just a buffer for the water that's already at 6.5? or can it be used like as peat moss or indian almond leaves can to actually bring the pH down? i'd like to keep shrimp other than neocaridina at some point, but my water is around 8.0 after sitting out of the tap, and i don't know KH, GH, or TDS out of tap but i bet they're all high. i get some nasty hard water stains and calcium deposits, and my water loves to buffer :l.
is there any way i can use tap water, or would i have to go RO (or can you do distilled)?
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:17 AM   #156
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Use distilled from the local supermarket. If you have money burning through your pocket and the space, get an RO unit...
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Use distilled from the local supermarket. If you have money burning through your pocket and the space, get an RO unit...
okay, so humic then keeps it at 6.5, acting as a buffer, or...?
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:05 PM   #158
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okay, so humic then keeps it at 6.5, acting as a buffer, or...?
I use Humic in my 20 gallon. I put in half of the container in a bag and stuck it in the hob filter. My ph is around 6.3 but I also have akadama substrate.
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I use Humic in my 20 gallon. I put in half of the container in a bag and stuck it in the hob filter. My ph is around 6.3 but I also have akadama substrate.
what's the pH of the water when you put it in the tank?
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does it change it to 6.5-ish or does it maintain itat 6.5-ish?
i feel like i asked the wrong question for the answer i wanted or something xD
i just want someone to clarify exactly what the product does ;-;
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:00 PM   #160
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what's the pH of the water when you put it in the tank?
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does it change it to 6.5-ish or does it maintain itat 6.5-ish?
i feel like i asked the wrong question for the answer i wanted or something xD
i just want someone to clarify exactly what the product does ;-;
I buy distilled water from the supermarket so technically it should be around 7.0 PH. Since my current PH in the tank is lower, that means that my akadama substrate and the humic are lowering the PH.
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I buy distilled water from the supermarket so technically it should be around 7.0 PH. Since my current PH in the tank is lower, that means that my akadama substrate and the humic are lowering the PH.
okay, thanks
i've tested the distilled water i get from wal-mart though, it tests at around 6.4 i think. not sure if yours is the same.
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okay, thanks
i've tested the distilled water i get from wal-mart though, it tests at around 6.4 i think. not sure if yours is the same.
When I test mine it's all over the place. Sometimes it's 7 and others it's 6.4 like yours. I buy Poland Spring from the supermarket. I think it has to do with the fact how much CO2 it has absorbed.
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When I test mine it's all over the place. Sometimes it's 7 and others it's 6.4 like yours. I buy Poland Spring from the supermarket. I think it has to do with the fact how much CO2 it has absorbed.
probably. poland spring spring water or do they make a distilled? i'd chance it that spring water is more stable than distilled, considering it doesn't have all the minerals/buffering agents taken out of it like distilled does. i bet that's why distilled is prone to low pH, kinda like "homemade" RO water
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probably. poland spring spring water or do they make a distilled? i'd chance it that spring water is more stable than distilled, considering it doesn't have all the minerals/buffering agents taken out of it like distilled does. i bet that's why distilled is prone to low pH, kinda like "homemade" RO water
Poland Spring distilled water....I don't use spring water in my tanks. You can usually find distilled water in the "cleaning stuff" isle. If you do not see it in the regular water section then head over the the bleach and laundry detergents.

I use distilled water for the sole purpose that it has nothing in it.
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Poland Spring distilled water....I don't use spring water in my tanks. You can usually find distilled water in the "cleaning stuff" isle. If you do not see it in the regular water section then head over the the bleach and laundry detergents.

I use distilled water for the sole purpose that it has nothing in it.
yeah my dad gets distilled water for drinking for some reason (i think it has something to do with kidney stones he used to get?) and also for humidifiers in the winter, our tap water is pretty full of crud, so there's always loads of distilled around the house haha
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