KH is 2-3, but GH is 0-1. Plz help!!! - The Planted Tank Forum
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KH is 2-3, but GH is 0-1. Plz help!!!

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The magnesium in Tropica Premium is low enough that it won't affect your GH much if you're following the instruction on the bottle.
You can raise it by using GH booster like Seachem Equilibrium.
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The magnesium in Tropica Premium is low enough that it won't affect your GH much if you're following the instruction on the bottle.
You can raise it by using GH booster like Seachem Equilibrium.
It wont cause algae right? If kh is between 2-3, how much should gh be?

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It shouldn't cause algae, at least I've never heard of Equilibrium causing algae. For GH levels, it really depends who you ask. In general most will agree that anything over 3 and below 10 is good. Don't worry about GH/KH ratios. Maybe try raising your GH to 5 or 7.
Keep in mind that Equilibrium will also add potassium, iron, and manganese. If you don't want those extras, look for a GH booster that only add calcium and magnesium.
There's an online calculator that's very helpful. Just google "rotala butterfly calculator". Using this, you can calculate the amount of dosing required to bring up your GH by selecting the product and how many degrees you want to increase GH by. It will also tell you how much iron, potassium, calcium, etc will be added to your water if you're using Equilibrium for example.
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KH is 2-3, but GH is 0-1. Plz help!!!

I use this with same tropica fert.


Diy Remineralizer
diy kh booster
1.12 grams baking soda
10 gallon tank by 1dkh
1tsp =4.5 grams
1 tsp raises 10G by 4.5 dkh

diy gh booster
This maintains the golden 3/1 mag/calcium ratio.
CaCl 6 grams
Mgso4 7 grams
1 gram raises gh of 10G by 1dGH

You can get Calcium chloride from J&L in burnaby for cheap.
Magnesium sulfate (plain unscented epsom salts) from any pharmacy.
I bought a spice mill for grinding it up fine to dissolve easy for 10$.
needs a big trim
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I use this with same tropica fert.


Diy Remineralizer
diy kh booster
1.12 grams baking soda
10 gallon tank by 1dkh
1tsp =4.5 grams
1 tsp raises 10G by 4.5 dkh

diy gh booster
This maintains the golden 3/1 mag/calcium ratio.
CaCl 6 grams
Mgso4 7 grams
1 gram raises gh of 10G by 1dGH

You can get Calcium chloride from J&L in burnaby for cheap.
Magnesium sulfate (plain unscented epsom salts) from any pharmacy.
I bought a spice mill for grinding it up fine to dissolve easy for 10$.
needs a big trim
I got seachem equilibrium. For some reason my kh is now 1

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