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Dosing for GH

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by laka, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. laka

    laka Prolific Poster

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    Another question if you don't mind regarding my low tec plant.
    Melbourne's water is 3 degrees GH according to my test kit.
    I am happy with these levels for both flora and fauna in my tank.
    With time (as i don't anticipate doing water changes) GH levels will drop.
    I will then need to supplement GH levels.
    My understanding is that 0.79g CaCl2+0.33gMgSO4=1 degree GH

    This formula gives me a ratio of Ca/Mg of 7:3.

    ie. I will need to add 11.85g of CaCl2 to obtain a 0.7 degree increase in GH (or 12.6ppm) and
    4.95g of MgSO4 to get a rise of 0.3 degrees in GH (or5.4ppm) in 150 gallons of water.

    Is this correct if i want to increase GH by 1 degree?

    I note in the fertilator , if i key in 11.85g CaCl2 in 150 gallons water my Ca++ reading is only 7.74ppm and for MgSO4 4.95g gives 0.86ppm of Mg++.

    My understanding is that GH test kits measure in CaCo3??
    To obtain the actual Ca++ and Mg ++ in ppm you need to divide Ca by 2.5 and Mg by 4.1. Is this correct?

    LAKA
     
  2. Tom Barr

    Tom Barr Founder
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    The likely problem, especially with Cl, is the build up, whereas the same effect is not present in the SO4 build up, plants will consume/assimilate both anions in tissue, but seem to be less sensitive to high SO4 vs Cl.

    Note, this is mainly speculation, no one has shown this. Still, thr evil I do know and use is the GH booster or Seachem's Eq.

    Both of which use all SO4's for the anions in CaSO4, MgSO4, K2SO4, FeSO4 and MnSO4. But a little Cl is not bad and helps, same with a little sodium, but it should be fairly low. So adding some KCl, or CaCl2 every so often will not hurt too much.

    Adding the GH booster works very well. I really have not done enough with Cl isolated to say much with many species.
    Same with Zn, MN, Na, SO4, etc.


    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  3. laka

    laka Prolific Poster

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    Thanks for the advice on Cl Tom. I do however need to know if my dosage calculations are correct for increasing GH using CaCl2 and epsom salts.
    LAKA
     
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