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Is this correct? Seems to be a huge difference in levels to reach 6dKH.

Which is better?






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Hi Clint,

Along with the ratio of Ca:Mg I like to look at the sources of the various nutrients, do either of them use chloride(s) or sodium compounds as part of the ingredients?

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Along with the ratio of Ca:Mg I like to look at the sources of the various nutrients, do either of them use chloride(s) or sodium compounds as part of the ingredients?
Hi Roy,

I don't see either in either recipe.

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Hi Clint,

In that case I would go with the Nilocg recipe with the 5:1 Ca:Mg ratio; it is closer to the 3:1 Ca:Mg ratio of Seachem Equilibrium than the other recipe. You can always add a little extra Epsom Salts either to the mix or directly into the tank if a Mg deficiency should show up.

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Interveinal chlorosis. Interveinal chlorosis first appears on oldest leaves.

1. Older leaves chlorotic, usually necrotic in late stages. Chlorosis along leaf margins extending between veins produces a "Christmas tree" pattern. Veins normal green. Leaf margins may curl downward or upward with puckering effect. Necrosis may suddenly occur between veins. Potassium or calcium excess can inhibit uptake of magnesium...magnesium deficiency

When the external magnesium supply is deficient, interveinal chlorosis of the older leaves is the first symptom because as the magnesium of the chlorophyll is remobilized, the mesophyll cells next to the vascular bundles retain chlorophyll for longer periods than do the parenchyma cells between them. Leaves lose green color at tips and between veins followed by chlorosis or development of brilliant colors, starting with lower leaves and proceeding upwards. The chlorosis/brilliant colors (unmasking of other leaf pigments due to the lack of chlorophyll) may start at the leaf margins or tips and progress inward interveinally producing a "Christmas" tree pattern. Leaves are abnormally thin, plants are brittle and branches have a tendency to curve upward. Stems are weak, subject to fungus infection, usually leaves drop prematurely.
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Using zorfox calculator gave me the correct results. I would go by his calculator.

Once you get the correct 6gh then take a tds measurement. Then you know the tds to get 6gh and no longer need to measure gh. Is what I do.

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In that case I would go with the Nilocg recipe with the 5:1 Ca:Mg ratio; it is closer to the 3:1 Ca:Mg ratio of Seachem Equilibrium than the other recipe. You can always add a little extra Epsom Salts either to the mix or directly into the tank if a Mg deficiency should show up.



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NilocG gh booste is 3:3:1 ca:k:mg. Same ratio as Barr booster.


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Just noticed on his site NilocG it says he uses a ratio of 3:3:1 but on the calculator it's different. Interesting.


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Hi clownplanted,

By weight, by volume, or by ppm?

Equilibrium has a 3.1:0.93 Ca:Mg ppm ratio; that does not appear to be the case per the first post in this thread.

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Neither one is really designed to raise it a whole 6 points. Nobody wants to add 190 ppm of K in one whack, or even 62 for that matter. May not hurt anything, but it goes way beyond a ridiculously high level

These boosters are best when you want to raise the GH a point or two, just to make sure all the bases are covered.

If you really want/need to raise your GH 6 points, use Epsom salt for the Mg and some form of Ca, ie Calcium sulfate. It'll be a helluva lot cheaper and without all the extra K and S

Something like 25-30 ppm Ca and 5-7 Mg should be good
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By weight, by volume, or by ppm?



Equilibrium has a 3.1:0.93 Ca:Mg ppm ratio; that does not appear to be the case per the first post in this thread.


But what is not correct. I feel that NilocG knows his product so the calculator must be wrong. His ratio is 3:3:1 ca:k:mg according to his site. http://nilocg.com/gh-booster-1lb/


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My product is 3:3:1 by volume which i believe is essentially the same as barrs gh booster.


When I use Zorfoxs calculator for my product I get the same values as you did for my product with the other calculator, FYI.
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