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Re: Why does KH drop?

"Jim Miller" <jim at jtmiller_com> wrote:

> I've got a little 3G tank with a half dozen plants in it and one fish for
> the time being. Flourite substrate, 2W/G, 10mg CO2, pH7.2 and KH currently
> 7.  My water comes out of the tap at pH 7.8 and KH4.  I put some baking soda
> in and raised the KH to 9 but it seems to creep down about 0.5 point per
> day.
> Why would the KH drop? Is the substrate stabilizing or something?
> tnx
> jtm

Interesting... I've seen similar observations reported before, but didn't
pay much attention to them. Until I set up a 120 gal with 100% Flourite 
substrate. After a couple days the kH dropped from its tap value of about
3.5 to less than 1.0. I bumped it back to 3.5 with baking soda; I had
to do it a couple of times again, until it stabilized for good at the tap 
value (the tank gets a 4% daily water change straight from the tap).

So now I believe that Flourite drops the kH at the onset. Dr. Morin (from
Seachem), any comments on this ? 

- Ivo Busko
  Baltimore, MD

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