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My KH GH and PH used to be low at ~1-2, 1-2 and 6.4-6.6..

recently I learned to increase KH GH with NaHCO3 (kh) and CaCl2.2H2O + MgSO4.7H2O (gh)

I added this as necessary in two wc cycles and now my parameters are as below:

KH 4
GH 7
PH 8

overall I feel better plants (more pearling, greenery, new green leaves) which I think must be due to better GH (more calcium I believe, I am not sure).. But I do see some new brown dust also (brown dust algae? I don't know)

can above be considered good numbers ?

Is that not high pH at 8 ?

If that is high pH should I lower that a little with some WC ?

I got worried of this some new brown dust..

Please let me know. .

(~100g / ~388 ltr, pressurised CO2, 4◊54 w GE StarCoat 6500k T5HO, 6 hrs photo period)

Latest after writing above:

I checked my tap water and i am surprised my tap water itself is PH around 8 !!!! This was never so.. It used to be 6.4-6.6.. I have no idea how my tap water itself has become ph8 !

Tap water:

PH ~8
Kh ~2
Gh ~4


4ft x 1.5ft x 1.5ft (150 L, ~40 G) | EHEIM 2217 | SunSun 110 water circulation | ADA Amazonia | 4x54w GE StarCoat 6500k T5HO 6 hrs photo | pressurised CO2 start stop one hour before photo | CO2 reactor to canister outlet | EI alternate (kno3+kh2po4+k2so4) and (csm+b) | Weekly 50% wc with Seachem Safe | MgSO4.7H2O + CaCl2.2H2O and NaHCO3 at wc to maintain kh gh at around 4 and 6
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