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Seachem gray coast with ADA AS

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Has anyone mixed some seachem gray coast in with their ADA AS to provide extra calcium i. Their tank? My tap KH is 1-2 so ADA really strips away the remaining calcium i may have in my water and really affects my plants and snail. I am just worried about how much to add or if it fight back to much on the AS’s buffering properties.
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Hello All,

Has anyone mixed some seachem gray coast in with their ADA AS to provide extra calcium i. Their tank? My tap KH is 1-2 so ADA really strips away the remaining calcium i may have in my water and really affects my plants and snail. I am just worried about how much to add or if it fight back to much on the ASís buffering properties.
Not a good idea. ADA Amazonia is intended to remove carbonates from the water which is why your KH stays low. This is actually desirable for most plants, though it can have a negative effect on snails.

It can strip some Ca++ ions from the water column, but it holds them to the surface of the substrate making it available to the roots of plants.

If you need to add calcium, you'll want to use CaSO4. Adding Gray Coast will create a rollercoaster of interactions as the two substrates function similarly but with different buffers (targeting different pH's). For the snails, feed calcium rich foods if you can.
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Not a good idea. ADA Amazonia is intended to remove carbonates from the water which is why your KH stays low. This is actually desirable for most plants, though it can have a negative effect on snails.

It can strip some Ca++ ions from the water column, but it holds them to the surface of the substrate making it available to the roots of plants.

If you need to add calcium, you'll want to use CaSO4. Adding Gray Coast will create a rollercoaster of interactions as the two substrates function similarly but with different buffers (targeting different pH's). For the snails, feed calcium rich foods if you can.
Cool thank you. I was thinking it might be a bad idea but just wanted to be sure
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