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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-31-2005, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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well i hooked my co2 up and my subtrate is in the tank so ill post a picture before everything starts growing (hopefully)..i didnt know how to post a picture from my computer to this site so i posted it to a diffrent site and linked it...any criticism will help.. http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...445&original=1
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Are you concerned about shells dissolving, especially if you're injecting CO2. This could be a good thing if you have soft water, but if your water is already hard, the dissolved shells could increase the hardness.
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never really thought about it..ive had the shells in there for about over 2 yrs but i just started using co2 for about 2 days ...you think i should take them out?
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never really thought about it..ive had the shells in there for about over 2 yrs but i just started using co2 for about 2 days ...you think i should take them out?
David, correct me if I'm wrong, but you use RO right? I don't know how much difference it will make, but the it is my understanding the shells WILL raise your hardness level over time. I don't know if it would be significant, but...

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As your Co2 level increases carbonic acid increases which disolves shells, which raises your waters hardness and buffering capacity. This should not be a major problem unless you use a PH controler. Which would result in more co2 being added as your buffers increase and raise your ph, which increases the disolving of more KH from shells to your water which increases ph kicking in the PH controler. . . .
See why this could get ugly
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