Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Near Lake Wylie NC
I contacted Kent and asked the question. The basic answer was that it was impossible for them to say. Too many variables. They also said their product contains very little magnesium and calcium, so standard GH and KH tests don't work and one must use a TDS meter. As it happens, I have one on the way.
Since 1/2 tsp in 10 gals of RO water yields very soft water according to the instructions, I'm going to assume that is around 2-3 dGH. My aquarium is around 6 gallons of water, so I am going to very slowly increase my GH by adding 1/16 tsp (pinch) of RO Right twice a week over the course of three weeks. I'm doing 50% water changes once per week, so after the water change, I'll obviously add more to bring the tank back to where it was before the water change, so the GH doesn't slip backwards. My well water has only 1 GH and 2 KH naturally. After I reach the third week, then I'll try to maintain my GH by adding 1/8 tsp each 50% water change. Of course, I'll test along the way and adjust this plan as necessary. It's a guestimate, but it should put me somewhere around 5 dGH and 3 dKH.
I'm doing this very slowly, since I have two otos, two nerite snails, and a couple of Amano shrimp in the aquarium. Does that sound like it will be gradual enough not to shock any of the wildlife?
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