Originally Posted by nicksgirl
Thanks fr the article I will check it out. I did dose the tank (on the advice of the LFS
). I put in a round of "Kalkwasser". This is supposed to balance the calcium and alklinity. (I think). It was recommended to me because my water was so hard.
As for the numbers: I am at 15.4 on the scale you are using. But I will do a water change today in order to dilute the nitrites. Maybe that will help?
Personally, I'd stop dosing until you understand why you're dosing with whatever it is you're dosing with. LFS
recommendations can be good, and they can be really really bad, depending on the store. You need to weed out the good info from the bad.
Also... 15.4 on the dKH
scale is NOT low. It is high.
Nitrates (I think that's what you meant... hopefully you don't have nitrItes in your tank?) won't really make much of a difference on your alkalinity... which is what the 15.4 measures.
Your original question summed it up right... 8-12 dKH
is the good range. Time, and water changes, will get you there.