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How to GH dose? (I've killed fish a few times now, and now I'm upset)

I thought it was as simple as dumping in the ammount of dry GH booster into the water, during water change, and break it up (stupid stuff clumps) to let it dissolve.

Well, apparently this stuff likes the bottom or something.

The first time I did it, it seemed to burn a few cories (one died).

Second time I did it, I was more careful in 'spreading' it, and trying to dilute it as it was spread around the tank. It killed 4 remaining cories... and a random catfish that has been in the tank since it was new.. he survived so much, No one could identify him, and he had grown from around 1 inch to 2 inchs since I had gotten him. All while almost NEVER being seen. (I would always think he was dead, and then he would show up when I moved something ).

How the heck can I dose this stuff? I only have 1 remaining 'original' in there, and hes a BEAUTIFUL red tail shark. Perfect canidate for me to burn the crap out of him and kill him.

Can I just dump the powder into the filter on the back of the tank? I presume not...

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dip a plastic cup into the tank and add the booster to the cup. Then just stir it up and pour it in.

I have never dosed a booster before but I do dose magnesium and calcium to raise gh and thats how I do it.

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I've used both Equilibrium and GH Booster from Greg Watson and I just dumped them in dry. I never mixed them with water. I've never had any problems.

Something is not right with your GH Booster since it is killing your fish. Contact the supplier about your problem.

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I put the GH booster into a fish net and gently shake it in the tank water until it dissolve.
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I've used both Equilibrium and GH Booster from Greg Watson and I just dumped them in dry. I never mixed them with water. I've never had any problems.
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I would presume there to be another problem hurting your fish.
You mention your fish getting "burned". What do you mean by this?
How are you doing the water changes, what %, how frequently, what dechlorinator are you using?


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I dose GH booster dry and never had a problem. It must be a bad batch or something else is killing them.
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whats up with quality control in the fish world? I hear about bad batchs all the time w/ the substrates too....

using the net sounds like a good idea.

Its ONLY the bottom feeders, and it happens the day after GH dosing both times. I dont think it was by chance..

I use stresszyme for chlorine, and have been doing 50% weekly water changes for a long time, recently did the GH booster, and thats when it happened.

I would think it was a alkaline burn or something....the poor cats barbels were 'melted' and gills and such were bright red. It also came on in less then 10 hours from start to finish (over night). it HAD to be the booster.
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What exactly are you using? What brand is it? What size tank? How much are you dosing? Sorry about your fish.


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whats up with quality control in the fish world? I hear about bad batchs all the time w/ the substrates too....

using the net sounds like a good idea.

Its ONLY the bottom feeders, and it happens the day after GH dosing both times. I dont think it was by chance..

I use stresszyme for chlorine, and have been doing 50% weekly water changes for a long time, recently did the GH booster, and thats when it happened.

I would think it was a alkaline burn or something....the poor cats barbels were 'melted' and gills and such were bright red. It also came on in less then 10 hours from start to finish (over night). it HAD to be the booster.
What are you using?


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equalibrium 1 tbl spoon after weekly 50% water change

38 Gallon tank.
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How very strange. I've been dry dosing GH booster for quite a while with no ill effects.
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Hmmm,

Stresszyme isn't for de-chlorination. It's for biological filtration support. Stresscoat is and by the way you'll see most of the people on this forum use Prime for cholrine, it works great, you only need a very small amount, and it's cheaper! I've never seen what chlorine can do to fish first hand, but remember reading about very red gills. You said you use the booster after a water change and if you have chlorine and change out that much water, especially if your water supply upped the amount of chlorine that could be your problem. You have to look at all possibilities...

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