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Equilibrium Packaging

I just got my BigAlsOnline shipment, and this is the first time I have bought Seachem Equilibrium and I have a question... it is very compacted in the container, to the point where it is basically solid. Is this normal?

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Does anybody even use Seachem Equilibrium?

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Did you try breaking it up into powder? It's supposed to be in powdered form.
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Does anybody even use Seachem Equilibrium?

Not here. There are cheaper ways to get my potassium, calcium, and magnesium dosing.
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Essentially, that's exactly the way I received by Equilibrium from BigAls: a brick. Not supposed to be that way.

Now, where did I leave my mortar & pestle?

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Yeah the ones I got from my LFS were like that too. Ithink that it gets moisture in it and that causes it to solidify. No big deal. I hit the container against the corner of a table a few times, then shook it up really good and generally just kept working with it. No large chunks as opposed to the last one I bought when I decided to open up the container and crush it with my scissors.... When you dose it I suggest mixing it with a lot of water and don't be surprised when it makes the water milky. It clears in 24hrs.

I like using this product unlike others.... it's really convienent, I guess because I'm used to using it.
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Now, where did I leave my mortar & pestle?
Haha, I knew I shouldn't have thrown mine out.

Thanks for the replies everyone, just wanted to make sure mine wasn't really old. I used Equilibrium for first time this weekend and I like it a lot. I feel way better using 100% RO and not having to trust the tap.

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My Equilibrium was also hard as a rock. I broke it up with a hammer, but it was still very lumpy so I put it through a sifter, which took quite a long time and wasn't easy.

I stopped using it because it contains a very large amount of potassium - 20% in fact! I dose potassium seperately, so I don't want to be adding it (especially that much) when I raise my gH. It also contains iron and I also dose that seperately.

I switched to Kent Botanica gH+, which is a liquid. It contains only calcium and magnesium.

Some people will use Epsom salts for magnesium and calcium carbonate for calcium, but if my understanding is correct calcium carbonate will raise kH as well and I like to control that seperately.
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A fellow aquarist who runs a very fast tank (7wpg) and uses traces by the truckload, had some problems related to Equilibrium and potassium dosing which were solved by discontinuing the potassium dosing. I don't dose potassium in addition to Equilibrium, and I'm not sure how necessary it is anyway if N addition is via KNO3.

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I stopped using it because it contains a very large amount of potassium - 20% .
Using the recommended dosage of 1 tablespoon to raise GH 3 degrees in 20 gallons of water will raise the K levels by 65ppm!!! That's a lot of K. I must admit though that in soft water (I can only use my GH4 KH4 water as a reference) it takes less then half of that to raise the GH 3 degrees, so at least in my application it's working out, but needless to say I have stopped dosing K separately. I think too much K was what was causing calcium deficiencies in the first place.

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I switched to Kent Botanica gH+, which is a liquid. It contains only calcium and magnesium..
I tried this a long time ago ,but it seemed to be "watered down" quite a bit. Seemed like Equilibrium was a better value.

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Some people will use Epsom salts for magnesium and calcium carbonate for calcium, but if my understanding is correct calcium carbonate will raise kH as well and I like to control that separately.
I've tried this approach and I'd have to disagree about the calcium carbonate raising KH. To test this I took a bucket of tap water (KH3 GH4) and slowly added small amounts of calcium and took GH and KH readings. I let it dissolve well for an hour with a air stone in the bucket to help it dissolve. I noticed the GH climb closer and closer to my target as I added more and more, but never saw a climb in KH. Perhaps with enough it can add to the KH, but at the concentrations I was using it at it did not. Try it for yourself and see.
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