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Baking Soda Dosage (Sodium Bicarb.)

Just some info. I just discovered:

1/4 tsp of Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarb 100%) increased my 10g of kH 0 water by 2-3 degrees kH and a pH increase of 0.6

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Just some info. I just discovered:

1/4 tsp of Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarb 100%) increased my kH 0 water by 2-3 degrees kH and a pH increase of 0.6
This will only be useful if you state the volume of water it relates to...
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LOL oops! will edit
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That is correct but i wouldn't just add baking soda directy to the tank in a powder form. I think using the follow recipe will allow you to monitor how much you are adding in a more precise manner * I use it on my reef tank this is taking out of two part dosing recipe for saltwater but can be applied for fresh water*

Recipe #1, Part 2: The Alkalinity Part

Spread baking soda (594 grams or about 2 cups) on a baking tray and heat in an ordinary oven at 300F for one hour to drive off water and carbon dioxide. Overheating is not a problem, either with higher temperatures or longer times. Dissolve the residual solid in enough water to make 1 gallon total. This dissolution may require a fair amount of mixing. Warming it speeds dissolution. This solution will contain about 1,900 meq/L of alkalinity (5,300 dKH). I prefer to use baked baking soda rather than washing soda in this recipe as baking soda from a grocery store is always food grade, while washing soda may not have the same purity requirements. Arm & Hammer brand is a fine choice. Be sure to NOT use baking powder. Baking powder is a different material that often has phosphate as a main ingredient.

Once this solution is created, it can be added as frequently as necessary to maintain alkalinity.
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What's the harm in direct dosing?
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You are adding more carbon dioxide to the water on top of what ever you are dosing. Plus you don't get an exact measurement for it can compact differently in your measuring device *different humidity and other enviromental reasons, or you could just screw up*. With the liquid form you know it is the same ammount in the whole thing. But then again i won't dry dose anything in my tank if i don't have to.
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