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GH booster help

I'm lost as to how much gh booster I should add to my tanks. I tried to find my city water report and had no luck. Both 55g and 40b are high tech I added a tablespoon to each but I don't know what the ideal gh is for plants. Can someone please help also does it make a difference if they're co2 injected?

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What is the GH of your tap water? This will not give you the ratio of calcium to magnesium, but it give an idea of the hardness. Then you can decide if you need GH booster or not. I have hard water and use no GH booster in a CO2 set up.

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I don't know my gh I couldn't find the water report and have no way of testing it. All I have is the api master kit thank you for taking the time to help

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what if mine says 374.6 for total hardness? got it from the cities website. and i also have a 55 gallon
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you want the GH between 6-10.
My tap water GH is 3.
I add half of a teaspoon to my 17G tank to get in the range.
I use Seachem Equilibrium. The jar tells you how much to use and how much you raise the GH by adding x amount .

Mix it and add it when you do your water change.
GH test kit from API is good.
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I'm lost as to how much gh booster I should add to my tanks. I tried to find my city water report and had no luck. Both 55g and 40b are high tech I added a tablespoon to each but I don't know what the ideal gh is for plants. Can someone please help also does it make a difference if they're co2 injected?

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Hi jorstrick,

The City of Clovis gets it water from a multitude of sources so purchasing basic test kits for dKH, dGH, and Nitrates would be a very good idea.

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The City of Clovis supplies water to the City of Clovis and the Tarpey Village unincorporated area of Fresno County. The water supplied comes from the Kings River via the Enterprise Canal and 32 groundwater wells
located within the City of Clovis and Tarpey Village. Of these wells, 5 have wellhead treatment to provide removal of DBCP. One well has treatment to remove manganese.
Here is your most recent water quality report. https://www.ci.clovis.ca.us/Portals/...report2014.pdf

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That's a bummer I've looked and can't find gh/kh tests around here. If I order off the Web they'll be an arm and a leg. My wife's already mad I'm starting my own small business growing plants and breeding fish...oh well it'll be worth it

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GH should suit the fish. Almost all the plants will handle a wide range of GH. There are a few specialty plants that do require very soft water (low GH).

Soft water fish should have GH under 9 German degrees of hardness, and wild caught are usually more particular.
Hard water fish should have GH over 9 German degrees of hardness.

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what if mine says 374.6 for total hardness?
What units? That seems WAY high for ppm or mg/l.
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