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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #284

At 03:48 AM 5/25/1998 -0400, Hoa G. Nguyen asked:
>Subject: Chemistry question
>I recently traded in some plants for some fine-grained Cambria gravel that I
>wanted to add to my aquarium.  I tested it with Muriatic acid and it fizzed
>a lot though, so I know that it probably will raise my pH.  I am thinking of
>soaking it in diluted Muriatic acid to produce a "neutral" gravel.  
>1.  Will this work?

Yes, it will produce CaCl2 and CO2 as byproducts.

>2.  Are there any bad, toxic by products (gas or otherwise)?

See above.  If you have a soft water application (such as apistos) use an
ion exchange resin to remove the Ca++ and replace it 2 for 1 with Na+.

Dave Gomberg	mailto:gomberg at wcf_com
FormMaestro  <http://www.wcf.com>