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Re: [APD] Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 37, Issue 5

> I can drop my Equilibrium dosage to 1 teaspoon/week but I'l
> need to add more crushed coral to the Eheim.  There is only
> about a 1/2 cup tops in there now. I struggle to maintain the
> GH at 3 with 3/4 teaspoon of Equilibrium per week.  Going from
> liquid rock to soft water still messes me up...

It's not hard, it's quite easy, the tank will never use up more
than 1 teaspoon of GH a week.
So if it drops, and it should, do not worry, the KH on the other
hand is related to poor CO2 if it's dropping much at all.
Stop the crushed coral, add baking soda instead for KH.
Seachem eq, that's just for GH.

So keep these seperated, stop the CC, it's both GH and KH, you
will have higher non stable KH's and this will mess with your
CO2 ppms and pH etc.

> I didn't get the GH booster but I added 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom
> Salt with the Equilibrium to increase the magnesium.  I'll
> have to touch base with Greg.  Appreciate the magnesium tip.

Yep, this will help some.
Add 1/2 teaspoon 1-2x a week.
> I also have to stop buying 4 pound bags of Epsom salt where I
> usually shop.  Got some strange looks. 

Well, you will have to start a diet of much more fiber.

 Now I know how all
> these people buying fleet enemas by the pallet feel when they
> shop and everyone stares at them!

Just give them a wink and smile.
That unerves them more than you being embarrssed, why be
defensives when you can have fun playing offense.
If they really wanna know, you can tell them it's for your
plants after a good laugh.
> Things should start changing in my tank quite a bit in the
> next few weeks.  The old probe (that I knew was drifting,
> dropping them does that) was reading 6.6 when I calibrated and
> it should have been at 7.01 yesterday. 

Well, that's a BIG CO2 difference as you will note.

 The new one is in and
> CO2 is pouring in now (one of the Eheims is stirring up the
> surface to make sure the O2 is pouring in as well).
> Thanks so much.
> Daphne

Keep up on it.
90-95% of the higher light tanks are CO2 issue related, even if
you have 20 years in ther hobby, you still can get burned there.

Tom Barr


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