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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-09-2018, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Just got Equilibrium..... Lost

Hey guys. I was recommended to get Seachem Equilibrium for my 125 which looked to have a calcium and magnesium deficiency.

I have no clue what my gh and kh levels are. I also am really unsure of how much and when I need to dose this. Assuming during water changes?

Any detailed information would be great. I'll try to provide whatever info is needed. Thanks!

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You should get the gh/kh liquid test kit from API. This will let you know what your tank parameters are regarding those 2 readings. Then you’ll use that info to determine how much equilibrium to add to get to the necessary gh. As far as I know, equilibrium only effects gh. To change kh you’ll need to use something like crushed coral. Hope this helps!
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Got one on the way. Will report back here when it arrives and I test!

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I believe Seachem also has a product that changes kh, but it's not the same thing as Equilibrium.
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Just got the test done.

Kh took 10 drops - 100-200 ppm

Gh took 7 drops - 100-200 ppm

I tested my tank water. So does this mean I didn't really need the equilibrium?

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Hi Aparker2005,

The dGH measures calcium plus magnesium divalent metals; unfortunately we do not know how much of that 7.0 dGH is calcium and how much is magnesium. There may be insufficient calciium due to excessive magnesium, or there may be another issue that is effecting the uptake of calcium by your plants. Excess ammonium, magnesium, or phosphates can impede the uptake of calcium. I have found that first trying to increase the suspected nutrient deficiency is easier that guessing what other issues may be impeding uptake of a nutrient. Dosing the Equilibrium for a few weeks and watching how the new leaves emerge and respond seems like a simple way to test for the potential issue.

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Just got the test done.

Kh took 10 drops - 100-200 ppm

Gh took 7 drops - 100-200 ppm

I tested my tank water. So does this mean I didn't really need the equilibrium?

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How are the levels coming from the tap /water used for water change?

If the GH levels are similar from tap, I would say you do not need additional Seachem Equilibrium dosing. With 'natural' waters having a GH of 7, it is extremely unlikely that you will have insufficient Mg or insufficient Ca.

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Excess ammonium, magnesium, or phosphates can impede the uptake of calcium. I have found that first trying to increase the suspected nutrient deficiency is easier that guessing what other issues may be impeding uptake of a nutrient.
Is this based on a study in aquatic plants? In my opinion, if one has excess ammonium in one's tanks, enough to make Ca uptake problematic, one has bigger problems.
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