Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
Confused about PH KH & CO2
From the information I read on the Internet, PH & KH can be used an indicator of CO2 level, if for example my KH is at 4 and PH at 6.6 it would seem from the charts that my CO2 would be at 23.9. Does it mean my water contains CO2 even though I have not added any?
If this is not true which I suspect it is not, this would mean that before adding CO2 I should either lower the KH or raise the PH otherwise I will most likely run the parameters into the red zone and stress out the fish, does this hold true in practice?
These are probably a dumb questions, but I am trying to figure out how to best setup my new 60 gallon tank. I have been keeping planted aquariums for around 20 years with much sheer luck, I figured early on that if I have plenty of light, add CO2 using a PH controller, lots of plants and enough fish I would be home free and it seems that this approach has worked, but with all the information out here it seems that it is not the best way to fly.
I will greatly appreciate your feedback.