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Re: [APD] Do we even need KH?

> Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2006 19:37:22 -0800 (PST)
> From: Thomas Barr
> Subject: [APD] Do we even need KH?
> This topic has been brought up in the past, but do we
> even require any KH?...

Shortest response: NO

Long, drawn-out response:  NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOoooooo.....

> ...Not just low KH, but any at all and why?
> What does it do and afford us?

Personally, I only use KH as a guage in artificially reproducing specific
water conditions for very specific reasons, all having to do with OSMOSIS
and the naturally-occurring environments of specifc FISH (gasp! He said that
word on the _APD_!!!)

> ...Or is pH crash/pH variation of any consequence as
> many fear mongering folks seem to assume?...

The operative phrase in this question is "fear mongering" - or in the case
of the uninformed, substitute "fearful".

> ...Why is there any utility in KH at all?
> Do we really need it and is pH crash an issue?...

Since this _is_ the *APD*, I won't eat up space with fish- related responses
rather than plant- related unless specifically requested (search the
archives here, or go to Google Newsgroups and add "Nestor10" as an author
search criteria in just about _any_ *aquaria* group if you've that much time
to spare). But I can clue you in by saying that I've had bucketfuls of
trimmings, and even had to pull several tank- filling Amazons, in water that
was held at 20µS or less conductivity - even *without* CO2 supplementation.

But if'n y'all are wantin' it, or are feelin' the least bit masochistic, I
haven't exercised my typing skills in a little while now...


David A. Youngker
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