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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-19-2004, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey all, i just picked up my tunze regulator and diffuser, and got all that setup.... i started my one bubble a min. .. well no pearling yet~. so i check my ph, kh, gh, and the ph dropped from 7.0 to 6.5, which i figured~. the kh, gh were both at like 2... so i call my lfs to see how i can raise those~.. well i did a water change, with tap, and my ph bounced back to about 7.0, and a kh of 4, and gh of 3... guess what.. pearling after and hr~.. so i went to sleep, got up this morning and my ph is back to 6.5, and gh /kh are back down to 2... i run that co2 all night, untill i get a ph regulator~. .how do i keep my ph steady, also how can i keep my gh/kh at a good level.. is pearling a sign of a balanced tank>.. or as far as all the parameters being good?

things seem fine i guess. but just want to get these to a constant level... speically ph/gh/kh.. arrrgg..


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First off, you want a Kh of 3degrees or more before injecting CO2.
Second, CO2 injection lowers pH only...Kh should stay the same. If it doesn't, you have some other acid eating the Kh in your tank rather rapidly...or (more likely) your test kit is bad and not giving accurate results on a consistent basis. Have your LFS test your water's Kh for you.
Gh doesn't even play into CO2 and pH, so I suspect that kit is bad too.

Pearling is a sign that water is saturated with oxygen, so the O2 plants give off bubbles to the surface, instead of dissolving into the water.
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so pearling is good?.. and the kits new, .. i do have some wood in my aquascape, that could be gettin me~.. but if i added cracked coral in the filter or something like fossilized rock (limestone) bring my kh up to a desired level>??
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Crush coral would work in raising your hardness up. Just add a small amount of it into a bag and place it into your canister.

Alternatively, you can use baking soda to raise the KH also.

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cool thanks~.. i think thats the route i'll take.. seems easy. i do have two fossils that i remember raised it~.. so i'll dump those back in and take another reading~

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