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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-08-2016, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
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Seachem Equalibrium HELP!!!

I have some questions about Equalibrium that someone may be able to answer. I keep my RO water in a 44 gal can and like to mix the equalibrium in the can. I have 4 tanks of all different sizes when mixing the equalibrium in the can should i mix the recommended amount based on the 44 gals of the can or should i just forget about mixing it in the can and mix each tanks separately based on the recommendation for that sized aquarium. Also, do I add the same recommended amount every time I do a water change? I guess most ppl may just test their water and when GH is low add the necessary amount. I dont test for GH so that is not an option. Any helpful advice???
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First, what is your purpose?

ie. plants species your growing
keeping shrimps?
soft water stuff?
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My purpose for having RO water? My Well water is awful PH is like 9.0 KH is like 24, etc. I just have plants like Swords and Jungle val stuff like that. Fish I keep are mostly Rainbows. I want to keep it as easy as possible I would assume that by mixing 44gal worth of Equalibrium to get the GH to where it needs to be and using that on all tanks it will keep the GH the same for everytank, instead of doing each tank separately with the recommended amount of equalibrium mixed with smaller amount of water.
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If the well water does not have any toxins, just high mineral levels you could create a blend of RO + Well that suits the fish.
Many Rainbows thrive in hard water, but come from wild rivers that see extreme changes through the seasons, from very soft, low pH to very hard, high pH.
Melanotaeniidae and Pseudomugilidae

Here is how I would do this:
1) Research the fish. Find out the optimum GH and pH.
2) Make a few blends of Well + RO, and test GH, KH, TDS, pH. See which blend comes closest to what the fish want.
GH per research. KH will control the pH. TDS per research.
3) Starting with the blend that is pretty close, but perhaps just a bit too soft, add a small amount of whatever minerals are needed to correct the water to what the fish want.
GH booster for GH
Baking soda or potassium bicarbonate for KH. This also will raise the pH.

By starting with a blend of Well + RO you will likely not have to use anywhere near as much of the purchased materials.

Do you know if your well has both calcium and magnesium, and what these levels might be?
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Sure do, Diana's advice confirmed that exactly what I do is perfectly fine, It is the easiest and makes the most sense to me.
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