Need help with KH problem (need to lower) - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-06-2008, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
tom91970's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Crockett, TX
Posts: 165
Need help with KH problem (need to lower)

Other than using RO how can I lower my KH?

My 14g planted with DIY CO2 (Hagen Natural Plant system) has a KH of 15 dKH. pH is 7.0 and CO2 of 45 ppm.

This tank is heavily planted and has been set up for several months.

My 55g planted tank has a KH of 11 dKH with a pH of 7.2, giving me CO2 of 20.822 ppm which I am happy with.

I tested the water out of the tap and it took 11 drops for the color to change.

I also tested the water from a nearby town with a different water source and it only took 3 drops. Also, I used two different test kits and all results matched.

My tanks:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


นะกัดตัง กะขะชนะ
ตัวข้ามีกำลังดังพระยา ปลาในมหาสมุทร
สุกุโยเกล็ดแก้วมณีหุ้มห่อตัวข้าดังเกราะเพชร
พุตากะเก เขี้ยวแก้วทั้ง 4 ดุจตรีเพชร
หนุมาน มะอะอุปลา ใดมารอนราน วินาศสันติ
tom91970 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-06-2008, 07:16 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
dewalltheway's Avatar
 
PTrader: (135/99%)
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2,036
Hey Tom! How are those plants coming that you bought from me?

I was dealing with the same issue you are having and I went and bought a RO/DI unit. Here is a link that you can read and see what you think.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/wa...lants-not.html

I thought about the idea of using peat but found to many bad experiences with it. As far as I know, those are the only 2 options (peat or RO water).

Current Tank Journals:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
~~~~
Retired Tank Journals:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
~~~~
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
~~~~
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
~~~~
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
dewalltheway is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-06-2008, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
tom91970's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Crockett, TX
Posts: 165
Quote:
Originally Posted by dewalltheway View Post
Hey Tom! How are those plants coming that you bought from me?

I was dealing with the same issue you are having and I went and bought a RO/DI unit. Here is a link that you can read and see what you think.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/wa...lants-not.html

I thought about the idea of using peat but found to many bad experiences with it. As far as I know, those are the only 2 options (peat or RO water).
Those plants are doing great. That ambulia is looking good; I'm glad I went ahead and bought that one from you, too.

Thanks for the info. I'll be sure to read through it later (it's getting busy here at the office at the moment with sex offenders and anger management counseling underway).

Peat and RO are the two methods I've read about....that and seltzer water.

My tanks:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


นะกัดตัง กะขะชนะ
ตัวข้ามีกำลังดังพระยา ปลาในมหาสมุทร
สุกุโยเกล็ดแก้วมณีหุ้มห่อตัวข้าดังเกราะเพชร
พุตากะเก เขี้ยวแก้วทั้ง 4 ดุจตรีเพชร
หนุมาน มะอะอุปลา ใดมารอนราน วินาศสันติ
tom91970 is offline  
 
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-06-2008, 10:49 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
jaidexl's Avatar
 
PTrader: (42/100%)
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: 33919
Posts: 3,500
Hydrochloric/ muriatic acid, distilled or bottled (RO/DI) water mix are also some options. The problem with acid is similar to peat, KH will always be replenished from your source and this will cause some headaches and TDS swings. Mixing with 0TDS water like bottled RO or distilled is simplest and most effective by diluting the source before it goes in the tank. Buying your own RO is a no brainer once you lug bottles home for a few weeks and start adding cost. After that you'll start pondering an auto water change system.
jaidexl is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome