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What happens when substrate stops buffering?

HI All,

As the subject title say, what happens, do i have to replace it with fresh, or can i add something to keep the water at the correct levels?

This is my first time using an active substrate and am not sure how long it will last and the requirements to keep it buffering?

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HI All,

As the subject title say, what happens, do i have to replace it with fresh, or can i add something to keep the water at the correct levels?

This is my first time using an active substrate and am not sure how long it will last and the requirements to keep it buffering?

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Are you using tap water or RO water for your changes?
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RO with GH+ for shrimps..


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@natemcnutty what do you think? You use active right?

If i had to take a guess, I would say at least a year or so with RO. Purely guessing though
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@Natemcutty what do you think? You use active right?



If i had to take a guess, I would say at least a year or so with RO. Purely guessing though


So would that mean a full substrate replacement or can I substitute the buffering for another product?


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As far as I know, replacement. I don't think you can do anything to restore its capacity. I could be unaware of something though. I mean you could use like acid buffer or something but that is going to increase your TDS. Thats the nice part about active, you get the buffering without an increase in TDS.
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If your using RO should last 1-2 yrs. most folks replace half of the substrate when this happens(if they don't have a spare tank). Since your a shrimp dude you probably have a spare tank to hold the shrimp in while you replace the whole thing. And if you don't have a spare yet trust me you will. Shrimping is addictive.
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If your using RO should last 1-2 yrs. most folks replace half of the substrate when this happens(if they don't have a spare tank). Since your a shrimp dude you probably have a spare tank to hold the shrimp in while you replace the whole thing. And if you don't have a spare yet trust me you will. Shrimping is addictive.
Thanks for that and apologies for not replying sooner, seems the notification isn't working! Anyway, I will monitor it and see whats happens. Just put my CO2 system in and awaiting it to cycle before adding the shrimps.. Quite addictive this hobby!

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