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Old 05-10-2013, 11:14 PM   #31
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My KH reading seems plenty high, I guess I'll have to find something that only affects GH.
Salty Shrimp GH+ will not raise your KH. It works great for my Taiwan Bees and other CRS types.

I mix Salty GH+ and Kent RO Right 50:50 for my Tigers and Neos, however, since they like a little KH.
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Salty Shrimp GH+ will not raise your KH. It works great for my Taiwan Bees and other CRS types.

I mix Salty GH+ and Kent RO Right 50:50 for my Tigers and Neos, however, since they like a little KH.
Smart. I'll pick up some kent.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:16 AM   #33
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I personally love my shirakura ca+, is super clean, liquid so it mixes perfectly, and the small bottle will last me probably 8 months remineralizing around 5 gallons a week. Everyone keeps talking about tge salty shrimp, but I got the shirakura down, 1ml per gallon, and shrimp are breeding machines, so I will be sticking with it.
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I personally love my shirakura ca+, is super clean, liquid so it mixes perfectly, and the small bottle will last me probably 8 months remineralizing around 5 gallons a week. Everyone keeps talking about tge salty shrimp, but I got the shirakura down, 1ml per gallon, and shrimp are breeding machines, so I will be sticking with it.
I've heard that stuff can start to come out of solution. Not for you?
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I personally love my shirakura ca+, is super clean, liquid so it mixes perfectly, and the small bottle will last me probably 8 months remineralizing around 5 gallons a week. Everyone keeps talking about tge salty shrimp, but I got the shirakura down, 1ml per gallon, and shrimp are breeding machines, so I will be sticking with it.
Me too!
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:19 PM   #36
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I've heard that stuff can start to come out of solution. Not for you?
I've had no issues with that so far. Only between half and two thirds of the way through my first bottle. Every time I've used it though 1 ml to one gallon of water gets me 5 gh and like 120 tds I believe.
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Smart. I'll pick up some kent.
Take a look at this new product. Maybe they are reading my posts. LOL.

Kent + GH+ is a cheaper alternative, however.

http://www.saltyshrimp.de/english/sh...h_kh_plus.html
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Take a look at this new product. Maybe they are reading my posts. LOL.

Kent + GH+ is a cheaper alternative, however.

http://www.saltyshrimp.de/english/sh...h_kh_plus.html
Haha that's been around a while.

I'd rather have 0-2KH even in my neo tanks, so I'd prefer the mix idea.
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Haha that's been around a while.

I'd rather have 0-2KH even in my neo tanks, so I'd prefer the mix idea.
The mix is still probably the best ratio of GH to KH for Tigers, at least in my experience.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:53 AM   #40
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Ok so now I'm really confused. I got my GH and KH test kit in and did some testing.

Tap
TDS = 25
GH = 0-1
KH = 0-1
pH = 7.6

3g Tank
TDS = 56
GH = 0-1
KH = 0-1
pH = 7.4

10g Tank (proposed shrimp tank)
TDS = 120
GH = 5
KH = 1-2
pH = 7.4

29g Tank
TDS = 64
GH = 3
KH = 2
pH = 7.4


So my tanks are all over the place. I'm not worried about TDS because I realize that has a lot to do with organic matter etc in the water column. But I can't imagine why my GH and KH would rise if my tap contains near nothing? I thought it might be my water heater (I tend to use hot water for water changes and let it cool to the proper temp). So I tested that too.

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TDS = 40
GH = 0-1
KH = 0-1
pH = 8.2

All of these results are from the water being at the same temp. I let them all sit until they got to room temp to create less variables.

Heres what is contained in each tank:

3g = Small piece of driftwood and play sand, plants
10g = Driftwood and petco sand, plants, some fake rock thing from petsmart
29g = Driftwood and black diamond blasting grit, no plants, some fake rock thing from walmart
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I'm tending to want to think the Petco sand is what is leaching into my water column (I know its leaching silicates into my water because I have had a non-stop diatom outbreak since I first started the tank).

BUT the common denominator between the two tanks that show KH and GH is driftwood. Is it even possible for wood to contain calcium, magnesium, and carbonates/bicarbonates at a high enough level to produce those readings?
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It's an easy test, put some of that sand on a bowl with distilled water, wait a couple of days and test you KH and GH


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