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Old 03-31-2013, 11:23 PM   #31
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SaltyShrimp makes a KH only remineralizer. You might be able to use that to buffer your water so you don't have to depend on a substrate. I'm thinking about that myself so I can use inert but still maintain an RO/tap mix.
This is the fix we've been looking for lol.

Lets split a bottle lol.
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This is the fix we've been looking for lol.

Lets split a bottle lol.
As pricey as it is...I'd be tempted...lol
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As pricey as it is...I'd be tempted...lol
Sigh things are too expensive lol.
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Maybe I'll just plop Ryuo stone in the tank and let some KH build up.

This tank is going to run over $200 on setup.
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I'm sure. I'm hoping to keep mine under $200 not including shrimp. I'm right about $100 now.
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I'm sure. I'm hoping to keep mine under $200 not including shrimp. I'm right about $100 now.
Well my tank will cost $100 alone :/ oh well.

Light $35

Filter $35

Stone $30

$200.
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Did you get ohko stone?

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I was reading in aqua journal that Manten and Yamaya stone raise the hardness slightly and that it is beneficial to the organisms. Could be just the small amount you are looking for to hold the KH.

3-4 lbs should do it and not be too pricey.
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Did you get ohko stone?

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I could, but I'm leaning towards Ryuo stone.
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I could, but I'm leaning towards Ryuo stone.
I just put Ryuo stone in my 3 gal long. It's beautiful, but it is inert. It's also possible to adjust the size pretty easily by dropping it on a concrete patio.
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I just put Ryuo stone in my 3 gal long. It's beautiful, but it is inert. It's also possible to adjust the size pretty easily by dropping it on a concrete patio.
Hahaha. Does it look ok after the adjustment?

It shouldn't be inert. It should alter params just a little.
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I was reading in aqua journal that Manten and Yamaya stone raise the hardness slightly and that it is beneficial to the organisms. Could be just the small amount you are looking for to hold the KH.

3-4 lbs should do it and not be too pricey.
Thanks my heart is pretty set on the blue-grey hue of Ryuo stone.
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Hahaha. Does it look ok after the adjustment?

It shouldn't be inert. It should alter params just a little.
Check with Frank when you place your order. This is what the ADG website says about Ryuo stone:

"This decorative stone type replicates the look and feel of a Japanese Zen Rock Garden and lends itself well to the Iwagumi aesthetic for design in an aquascape. These stones are inert and will not raise water hardness or ph values."

I only know because I have really insanely hard tap water, and ordered the Ryuo stone so that I wouldn't make things even worse by using stone that raised the pH.

As far as shaping the stones using the patio, it came out just fine for what I wanted. However the fractured edges will be much darker than the weathered surface of the stone. I think if you've done lots of visualizing and know exactly what you want, Frank should be able to find you just the right stones. Enjoy your planning!
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Thanks! Appreciate it.

This has been changed a little.

The overall goal is the same. The equipment is the same, but the tank will be the new Tru-Aqua 3.4g. It is basically an ADA knockoff.

It was literally half the price. I am still going to get an ADA, but it will be put on hold for about 6-8 months.
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Thanks! Appreciate it.

This has been changed a little.

The overall goal is the same. The equipment is the same, but the tank will be the new Tru-Aqua 3.4g. It is basically an ADA knockoff.

It was literally half the price. I am still going to get an ADA, but it will be put on hold for about 6-8 months.
Sounds wonderful. I hope the lower cost means you get to set the new tank up sooner!
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