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    Default Maintaining kH values

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    Hi guys

    I just recently finished cycling my 40 gallon aquarium with water from the tap which literally has less than 1dH. During the cycle I realised it was taking forever because there was insufficient kH in the water so I added baking soda (1 teaspoon per 5 gallons) and it completed almost instantly with 6kH and a pH of 7.4 (water conditioner was added throughout the entire process).
    So the question is, will I need to add baking soda to every PWC to maintain the current conditions? Or do I leave it alone now and leave the fish to adapt?

    I have already purchased 6 Rummynose tetra and 6 Harlequin Rasbora who were given a while to acclimatise and have not shown any signs of stress as of yet (1 week ago)

    Thanks a lot!

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    It will work. You just need to monitor it to keep a steady ph. Another method is adding crushed coral.
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    You can also try adding some crushed coral to the filter just like carbon. This will add KH and help keep things more stable as well.
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