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Tom Barr's GH Booster

Has anyone used this? How much should I dose in a 40 gal. GH is zero.

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If it's equivelent to Seachem's Equilibrium then... to raise mineral content/general hardness (GH) by 1 meq/L (3 dH), add 16 g (1 tablespoon) for every 80 L (20 gallons).

I would try 2 teaspoons at a time and test.

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Tom Barr recommended using 1-2 teaspoons of GH booster for my 75G. In your case dial it down, I would try 1/2-1 teaspoon and see how it goes.
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Tom Barr recommended using 1-2 teaspoons of GH booster for my 75G. In your case dial it down, I would try 1/2-1 teaspoon and see how it goes.

You were probably starting with a gH greater than 0 though, right? In this case he is starting with gH 0 so it will probably take at least a couple teaspoons, but you're right it's better to raise in small increments.

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I currently use this product and it turns my water brown. Is this normal?
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Considering that it's a white powder, I think it's not normal to turn the water brown. I have a bag of it but haven't actually used it yet.

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Okay, I did a water change yesterday and added 2 teaspoons of Tom Barr's GH Booster to my 40 gallon. It raised the gh ppm from 0ppm (Hagen test kit turned from pink to blue as it mixed in the tube) to 60ppm. I'm not sure what the dGH is but that is the difference in ppm it made.

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That's about right then.
60ppm is a littkle over 3 degrees and it's all well balanced GH.

It's not really my GH stuff, just something Greg Watson sells based off a few things I said.

I've never analyzed it or anything.
It should never discolor the water, the FeSO4 is the only salt that could do that and there's only a small amount..


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Tom,
Do you happen to know how Greg is mixing the different ingredients? I was wondering if maybe the FeSO4 isn't evenly mixed and some people are getting higher concentrations...

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You will need to ask Greg.

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It should never discolor the water, the FeSO4 is the only salt that could do that and there's only a small amount..


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I had the same discoloring of my water when I used it. I asked about it a couple times and this was the only response I got also. I went back to Seachem EQ with no problems.

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Well, stick with the SeaChem Eq then.
I've not had any issues with soft water nor moderately hard water and Greg's stuff. The only thing I can figure is that you can a localized chunk of FeSO4.
Email Greg and ask for a swap and mention the issue.

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You will need to ask Greg.

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Tom posted the ratios in his original PMEQ thread ...

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Well, stick with the SeaChem Eq then.
I've not had any issues with soft water nor moderately hard water and Greg's stuff. The only thing I can figure is that you can a localized chunk of FeSO4.
Email Greg and ask for a swap and mention the issue.

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Tom's made a good recommendation ... email me and let me know what your specific experiences have been and we can figure it out together ...

There's a whole bunch of people in the SF Bay area that are using it with a wide variety of water conditions ...

If we try a different bag and it still turns water brown, we can then try to narrow it down to something specific ...

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