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At 03:48 PM 5/28/00 -0400, James P wrote:
>to raise the KH to around 4 to prevent a potentially disasterous drop
>in pH (add a bit of baking soda to the water

Dave G responded:
>Does anybody but me worry about adding sodium salts to gain a desired anion
>or chloride salts to gain a desired cation?   Wouldn't we be better off
>with potassium in place of the sodium and with bicarbonate in place of the

Given the small amount of baking soda  you have to add to most low
alkalinity tap water, I doubt that it would make much difference - it
certainly should not upset the ionic balance of the mass of water in the

And you can hardly find a more convenient source for a reliable, relatively
safe chemical than your nearest grocery store.

James Purchase