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Equilibrium turned water brown

I mixed up enough equilibrium to increase my 20g by 3dGH... But I put it in ONE gallon of RO water. My plan is to slowly increase the GH by using this one gallon to top off my tank over the course of about 4-5 days.

This sounded to me like a better plan than just putting in a TBSP and increasing it in one go.

Anyway, I go to use this water this morning to do a small top off, and the entire gallon has turned a light brownish color. I'm kinda assuming it's the minerals in the equilibrium, and the reason it's brown is because there's enough for a 20g tank in the one gallon jug.

Anyone else experience this? I'm holding off on using it today.




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the man ingredients of equilibrium Calcium and magnesium sulfate are not as soluble as the MPK ingredients of calcium magnesium chloride used in other GH booster. so putting enough equilibrium for 20 gallons in only one gallon of water probably pushed the concentration up to the saturation point. Since the water PH of the 1 gallon will change as CO2 outgassed that could explain why you didn't notice the color earlier.

So go ahead with your plan but be sure the store it vigoursly before each dose.
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the man ingredients of equilibrium Calcium and magnesium sulfate are not as soluble as the MPK ingredients of calcium magnesium chloride used in other GH booster. so putting enough equilibrium for 20 gallons in only one gallon of water probably pushed the concentration up to the saturation point. Since the water PH of the 1 gallon will change as CO2 outgassed that could explain why you didn't notice the color earlier.



So go ahead with your plan but be sure the store it vigoursly before each dose.


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