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Calcium deficiency

I have been having problems with new anubias leaves being crinkled and small, down turned tips of leaves and holes in old leaves. I have tried pretty much every dosing combination to fix this with no avail. I recently read about calcium deficiency and I thin this could be my problem. The area I live in has naturally soft ground water and it comes out of the tap at about 6.6 pH 7 kH. I saw that this is a very rare problem but after inspecting a snail today with a very think and flaky shell, im pretty sure this is the culprit.

What is the best way to deal with this problem? I thought about equilibrium but I have seen alot of complaints about it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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there is nothing wrong with equilibrium.

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There is also GH booster which supplies Ca and Mg, and some K as well.


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I have used equilibrium and have not had a problem with it. The only thing that I have noticed with it is it sometimes leaves a bit of stuff in the bucket I premix it in.


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Thanks for your help! I ordered a gH test and Fluval Shrimp Mineral thing that should be in today so I will pick up some equilibrium and call it a day.
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I use equilibrium to get some of the trace and K that has in it and also mosura mineral plus. I would say equilibrium is safe for shrimp IME. I keep CRS, CBS, OEBTs and blue velvets. Plants are doing great.



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VN tank. What is the difference between fluval shrimp mineral and equilibrium? I got some off amazon for like 4 dollars so i decided to try it. Seems like it will be a liquid and equilibrium is a solid.
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VN tank. What is the difference between fluval shrimp mineral and equilibrium? I got some off amazon for like 4 dollars so i decided to try it. Seems like it will be a liquid and equilibrium is a solid.
I think fluval is just Ca and Mg and Seachem Eq. has trace elements like iron and Mn etc.

I use some Seachem Eq. because of that reason.


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Got my gH test in and found out my tap comes out at ~2. I am planning on increasing it to 6 do you think that is sufficient?
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That should be enough, 6dGh is very good.


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I'm not sure how this would apply to plants, but with my snails and shrimp I throw in some cuttlebone (like you would use with parakeets/budgies) into the water to add calcium, and I have noticed that it really helps. Not sure if this would affect plants or not but it'd be worth a try I guess

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Cuttlebone, coral sand, oystershell grit, limestone sand and similar materials will decompose slowly, adding minerals to the water and raising the pH. While each of these are slightly different, mostly they are calcium carbonate. Some are a blend of Calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate.

They dissolve slowly.

When I have needed to keep the GH (or KH) up in a tank I make the new water for water changes to the specs I want, adding Seachem Equilibrium for GH and baking soda for KH. In the filter or in the tank I have at least one of the items listed in my first sentence, often 2 of them. They are fine for stabilizing the situation, but do not dissolve so fast that I would want to do a water change with softer water and depend on them to make the water harder.
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