And I also mentioned there is an immediate pH spike when dosing.
Yes I read it, but what you missed
was the spike is less with Bicarbonate.
This argument was unnecessary, and look back at my first post in this thread it could have stopped there.
I learned with sufficient mixing, aeration, and prep time Potassium Carbonate if handled very carefully is a viable alternative to Bicarbonate. It still doesn't change my opinion that for less meticulous hobbyists(most of us) Bicarbonate is safer.
But listen, I have no desire to argue with you.
IMO you enjoy arguing very much. You attack the person, demand journal and tank shots, repeatedly ask the same questions you know the answer to
, look at your posts in this thread alone. You have read my journals and posted in them, you KNOW I am not using RO water. Asking 3X the same question(which I find irrelevant to my argument) is not going to lead to friendly discourse. It is far too transparent who you are appealing to with those tactics.
Just curious do have any experience using K2CO3? I've been using it for about 3 years now. Fish and plants both are doing fine, in fact very well.
Have you ever actually dosed RO water for a planted tank?
I asked before, but do you have any experience dosing RO water for a planted tank?
Then you dismiss 'parts' of opposing arguments for lack of 'practical' experience and advise others to listen to YOU or anyonelse with long established journals as opposed to others who can't/wont show the 'photo journal proof' that you require.
You were doing the same thing to @Edward
when I joined TPT in January, have done it to countless others during the Microtox arguments, BBA arguments etc., and you will continue to do it in other threads and to other less active posters, it is your nature.
In this case my experience comes from having taught a first year chem lab at McGill for years where the students titrated potassium carbonate with HCL to bicarbonate and then carbonic acid (see graph) to find the two equivlanence points and calculate the pkB of Carbonate. We didn't leave Potassium/Sodium carbonate mixing in solution open air for days as that would invalidate the lab experiment, very different goals. But in future I see no need to explain things like this to you or to anyonelse, I just won't bother.
That brings to mind one of my pet peeves. Folks who read a lot but have little practical experience offering advice.
They can't wait to show how smart they are by repeating what they have read. They have something else in common.They never post of a pic of their tank. I suspect I know why.
Maybe you should keep your disdain for those who don't have 1000+ post counts and years of journal postings and 'marketing photos' to yourself, it isn't helping to encourage more sharing on this board. If academia ranked their hierarchy (they don't!) based on who provided the prettiest pictures there would be far fewer discoveries.
There is no need for some passive/agressive 'agreement' where we don't quote each other, just stop using those personal attacks and I'm sure my replies and tone will be more cordial.