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  1. #1401

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmommie View Post
    Thanks for getting back to me Matt, Judi, and cm12.
    Absolutely, I want a slow change. I'd like to get the pH up to around 7 or 7.2 so there's not such a variance between the tank and the tap water.

    I'll start with hanging the bag so it will get a little more flow over it than if it sat on the bottom.

    In a 90 gal, with the pH running at 6.4, how much crushed coral do you all think I should start with?
    1 Cup? Less? More? As said above, I'd like to affect this change very gradually. But I've never introduced coral to a tank before so I've got no clue.

    thanks again.
    here mommie is a start on info:http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=82251
    Fishes go "pook pook"
    my spell check went on vaction.
    my Mts storie:http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=117355

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    Quote Originally Posted by cm12setx View Post
    Thanks. Now this statement in this link has me rethinking again:
    its says: Crushed coral raises GH too and you don't have much control over it (it is slow to dissolve and will raise the KH and GH continually between water changes). "

    In everything I've read, I missed that crushed coral will raise GH as well as KH. I only want to raise the KH high enough to have some buffering power to keep the pH a little higher so it's more in line with what comes out of the tap.
    Also, it says the coral is slow to dissolve. How slow is slow? This implies that both GH and KH will continue to rise after an initial addition of CC. Does that mean it will not level off?
    Now I'm worried again that I'm going to cause an unstable pH if I add the coral and cause more problems.
    Urg.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

  3. #1403

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    here is sample from this link:
    Altering Your Water's Chemistry
    Hardening Your Water (Raising GH and/or KH)
    The following measurements are approximate; use a test kit to verify you've achieved the intended results. Note that if your water is extremely soft to begin with (1 degree KH or less), you may get a drastic change in pH as the buffer is added.

    To raise both GH and KH simultaneously, add calcium carbonate (CaCO3). 1/2 teaspoon per 100 liters of water will increase both the KH and GH by about 1-2 dH. Alternatively, add some sea shells, coral, limestone, marble chips, etc. to your filter.

    To raise the KH without raising the GH, add sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), commonly known as baking soda. 1/2 teaspoon per 100 Liters raises the KH by about 1 dH. Sodium bicarbonate drives the pH towards an equilibrium value of 8.2.

    http://fins.actwin.com/mirror/begin-chem.html
    Fishes go "pook pook"
    my spell check went on vaction.
    my Mts storie:http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=117355

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    Quote Originally Posted by cm12setx View Post
    here is sample from this link:
    Altering Your Water's Chemistry
    Hardening Your Water (Raising GH and/or KH)
    The following measurements are approximate; use a test kit to verify you've achieved the intended results. Note that if your water is extremely soft to begin with (1 degree KH or less), you may get a drastic change in pH as the buffer is added.

    To raise both GH and KH simultaneously, add calcium carbonate (CaCO3). 1/2 teaspoon per 100 liters of water will increase both the KH and GH by about 1-2 dH. Alternatively, add some sea shells, coral, limestone, marble chips, etc. to your filter.

    To raise the KH without raising the GH, add sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), commonly known as baking soda. 1/2 teaspoon per 100 Liters raises the KH by about 1 dH. Sodium bicarbonate drives the pH towards an equilibrium value of 8.2.

    http://fins.actwin.com/mirror/begin-chem.html
    Thanks for this. I really appreciate it. I've considered Baking soda as an alternative, to just raise the KH, however, contrary to this article, what i've read suggested that stability is difficult to attain.

    In fact, the more I read, the more I waffle about what, if anything, to do.

    I really appreciate all of your attempts to help. I guess I'm just going to have to dig in deeper to the entire KH and pH issue before I make any moves. When I finally get my book done - THEN I can give it more attention.

    Again, thanks.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

  5. #1405

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    I went through this with my tanks. But want to go lower. My water is perfect for african cichlids. But will work for Sa cichlids. So i read and researched and came to the desiscion to leave it alone for now.
    Fishes go "pook pook"
    my spell check went on vaction.
    my Mts storie:http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=117355

  6. #1406

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    Cindy, I have about 6 cups of crushed coral in my 135 (40 gallon sump so approximately 175 total) and haven't noticed any increase in GH. I talked to the owner of a lfs and he uses crushed coral as the substrate for his cichlid tanks that require higher GH then our local water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudiJetson View Post
    Cindy, I have about 6 cups of crushed coral in my 135 (40 gallon sump so approximately 175 total) and haven't noticed any increase in GH. I talked to the owner of a lfs and he uses crushed coral as the substrate for his cichlid tanks that require higher GH then our local water.
    So, Judi - how long has that same coral been in your 135? Does it's ability to raise KH diminish over time so that you have to replenish?

    And thanks. I really appreciate it.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

  8. #1408

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    Thanks for the B-Day wish - Strider199 I can't send you a real one, sorry for your loses - steeler1 Happy belated Birthday. - steeler58 Happy Drink Like a Viking Friday! - KevinVA Happy Easter! - Slaphppy7 
    Sorry for you loss, wish it was a real one. - steeler58 It's EOTW Beer Time! - KevinVA It's fish flake friday, like the old days!! - steeler58 Beer makes monday not suck so bad.. - Sandz In honor of Steelers 5k posts! - Sandz 
    Couldn't give you rep, yet, but you deserve it with your contributions in the Discus/Angel thread.  Thanks! - KevinVA T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Just for you being you! - Slaphppy7 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie Have a Rummy nose for oldtimes sake ;-) - steeler58 

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    I replace it about every three months, basically when I start to notice my ph slowly dropping. I invested in one of those Seneye monitors so I can easily watch my tanks parameters (temperature, ammonia & ph), now if they would only add a nitrate monitor it would be perfect!
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    Again, thanks Judi.
    Just got word that my crushed coral is on back order. Won't be here until July 26th. Of course, we are gone to the cabin again and won't return until Aug 5th. So ... I can't start my coral treatment until then.

    It's been a week since I did my last W/C and cleaned the canisters at the same time. Thought I'd better check parameters just in case deep cleaning the cans caused a mini spike. Absolutely no problems. A and Nitrites were 0 and Nitrates were between 10 and 15. Woo woo.
    Ph, however, was down to almost 6 - which has me a bit worried.
    pH in my 30 BTW is up to 7 so that's good but I have no idea why it increased.

    So, I'm going to try an experiment and NOT dose Metricide in the 90 for a few days before we leave. That gives me until Friday. If the pH goes up, then I'll know the Metricide (which is more or less a liquid Co2) may be contributing to the low pH. Of course, I'll have that $%^#@# algae back without it but I can start dosing again once I get the crushed coral in the tank.
    Anyway that's my theory and my plan. Thoughts??
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

  10. #1410

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmommie View Post
    So, I'm going to try an experiment and NOT dose Metricide in the 90 for a few days before we leave. That gives me until Friday. If the pH goes up, then I'll know the Metricide (which is more or less a liquid Co2) may be contributing to the low pH. Of course, I'll have that $%^#@# algae back without it but I can start dosing again once I get the crushed coral in the tank.
    Anyway that's my theory and my plan. Thoughts??
    I think it's worth a try Cindy.
    When in doubt, do a water change.

    "This ain't rocket science!"

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