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Old 07-05-2009, 11:24 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Confused,kh/gh??

Okay so I figured some things out. Even though my brain is about to explode with all this info,I figure Id share it with yall. Maybe someone has had similiar experiences??

So in short
*gh is 4.48 dh which means it soft (good for bettas)
*kh is 1.68 dh which is way way low (not good for bettas)

So the low kh means you can have rapid ph swings,resulting in multiple fish deaths.
I read add airstones to their tanks,well the three who died all had airstones. So obviously thats not enough.

Now to figure out how to raise KH without raising PH.

Any ideas lol??

I read baking soda,but it doesnt keep it stable. Off to find something else.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:32 AM   #2 
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If I am reading stuff correctly, kH and pH go hand in hand. If you raise one the other will rise, if you lower one, the other will lower also.

I am also seeing people say crushed coral will gradually raise your kH as it dissolves and breaksdown ... but that it won't affect your pH to drastically.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:41 AM   #3 
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Hmm...okay..thanks!
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:49 AM   #4 
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I usually don't measure those and I've never had sudden fish deaths.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:49 AM   #5 
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So I am now wondering,would using bottled water mixed with tap mess up Fishys cycled tank? His ph is rather high,7.8. Dont want to raise his anymore than it is. Maybe he be fine without bottled?

Yeah,MrVamp most people dont.
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http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums...hp/t-1508.html

This is where I found that info at, it gives you detailed instructions on how to go about doing the coral if you are going to.

I'm not good with cycled tanks, so I will leave that for the people who know more about that.
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Old 07-05-2009, 12:05 PM   #7 
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Okay thanks so much dr2b.
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Old 07-05-2009, 01:58 PM   #8 
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So i tested Smurfys tank (guess i should do everyones!!) Her KH only took two drops to turn yellow.
Its only 1.120! Lower than the tap. NO wonder i had fish die. Should be at least 4 for bettas.
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Wow! I hope you found the answer to your problem.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:18 AM   #10 
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Hah yeah,but still dunno how to fix it. Its the same today. The GH i posted was an old one,its now a 50 or 2.80,very soft. So I lost on both accounts. The pH is still sitting at 7.0 though.
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