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Old 04-30-2011, 07:13 AM   #31
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Can I use bicarbonate if soda instead? Funds are a little dry at the moment!!!
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Old 04-30-2011, 01:33 PM   #32
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The pH booster is prob less than $10 and it'll last you awhile.
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Old 04-30-2011, 02:01 PM   #33
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Not in this tank it won't, not at this rate anyhow! Plus bicarbonate costs me £0 as I have a ton already for use in my dads pool. So would it work? I know it will ^ salinity and KH at the same time, but on it's own will it unbalance anything?
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Old 04-30-2011, 02:52 PM   #34
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i personally wouldn't use anything that would affect something else if pH is your only issue. If you use bicarbonate to raise pH, you'll then have to do water changes to lower the salinity.

the pH booster I have treats 1000g and it cost me $8
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Old 04-30-2011, 06:45 PM   #35
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What are it's active ingredients?
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:43 PM   #36
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Well I don't know but I know what a buffer is, it is a reversible reaction, which means under normal circumstances it is reacting and reacting back constantly, if it is reacting forward and backward at the same rate it's equilibrium leaves it at 50:50 half of the reactants and half the products, this equilibrium can shift from side to side up till 100% either way at which point it cannot react further, the equilibrium opposes change to it's environment, so it cancels out change in say pH (a pH buffer),

Anyway I Think the main point was that bicarbonate as part of a buffer is only one half of the equilibrium (possibly only one part of one half) and adding too much of one side of the equilibrium without the other can push it too far to the other side for it to act as a buffer anymore,
you may understand buffers better than me buy that's a pretty rough idea of buffers if you didn't know
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:44 PM   #37
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Replied to the wrong thread, App Fail lol
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:47 PM   #38
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Aim a power head at the surface for a while that should raise the ph with out chemicals you may not have enuff surface movement...when are you checking your ph that could have something with it as well
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Old 04-30-2011, 09:06 PM   #39
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My water movement is definitely not the problem here, and I'm taking readings all the time, besides it's too low to just be a natural fluctuation!
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Ohh..i dunno man be carefull using buffer u can drip in some kalkwas...i believe it has a ph of 13 or 12 either way your alk can come up some as well so I would give that a try and aim a power head at the surface lol...good luck
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