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remineralize ro water

I am planning to start using only RO water but not sure what stuff and how to add mineral back to the water. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Seachem Equilibrium or GH booster from NilocG both work very well. They are powders you add directly to the water, Equilibrium will make the water temporarily cloudy but itís harmless and clears up quickly.


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Thank you. Nilocg has GH and KH booster separately. I think I may go with seachem equilibrium and double the doses to get 3 gh and 6 kh.
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All the GH boosters are basically a mixture of CaSO4, MgSO4, and K2SO4 (except maybe Seachem, have never used it so don't know).

They just mix them up in some ratio. One problem is that when they do so, the mixture has a tendency to clump together into a solid brick. So you need to beat the heck out of it to measure it. Quite a pain.

Another issue is that the ratio they use may not be the ratio you want.

You can do the same thing more cost effectively using CaSO4 and MgSO4. Buy them dry in bulk, and they are easy to work with (no brick), and you can adjust the ratio as needed.

To raise KH, most use either K2CO3 or KHCO3.

Then learn how to use either the Zorfox or Rotalabutterfly calculators, and you can easily dose to any target you are trying to reach.
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Thank you Greggz. I will take a look and learn that.
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Thank you. Nilocg has GH and KH booster separately. I think I may go with seachem equilibrium and double the doses to get 3 gh and 6 kh.
Watch the way Seachem specs the Stability dose.

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To raise mineral content/general hardness (GH) by 1 meq/L (3 dH), add 16 g (1 tablespoon) for every 80 L (20 US gallons)
Their dose raises by 1 meq/L which IS 3 dGH.

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Thank you. Nilocg has GH and KH booster separately. I think I may go with seachem equilibrium and double the doses to get 3 gh and 6 kh.


Equilibrium doesnít raise the KH, just so youíre aware.


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With that being said, what product you recommend to raise KH, along Seachem for GH.

Much Appreciated.
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With that being said, what product you recommend to raise KH, along Seachem for GH.

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Tap water or K2CO3 or KHCO3
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Tap water or K2CO3 or KHCO3
Where is a good source i can order?
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Potassium Carbonate
Potassium Bicorbonate

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Potassium Carbonate
Potassium Bicorbonate
Why might they be preferred to Sodium Bicarbonate/Carbonate?

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Thank you for the link, is there an instruction some where i can follow?
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Why might they be preferred to Sodium Bicarbonate/Carbonate?
Sodium is not good for plants, potassium is. If I had to buy one or the other, why not kill 2 birds with stone? (K source and kH source). No need for extra K supplementation. Less TDS.
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