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GH Booster rise pH???

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by Brian20, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. Brian20

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    I use GH Booster but I dont notice a up on kH or pH and a lot of info on internet says that it will up kH and pH. So, what is wrong? I use to up 2dGH
     
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    It won't increase KH, and you shouldn't worry about increasing it either with a planted tank. It's not necessary, and the concern is little more than people thinking about buffering/pH the wrong way.
     
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    Carbonate, bicarbonate and I believe hydroxides, phosphates and berates have an effect on KH (alkalinity). None of which are in GH booster. But, do GH boosters prevent a drop in pH and if so, is it by providing cations for nitrate sources?
     
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  4. Brian20

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    dont worry, I dont want kH (mine is 7dkH) I buffer pH with baking soda in my cichlid tank. In my planted tank I only use GH Booster to add Mg, Ca and pottasium to plants. I saw that it is high in pottasium so i dont need to add K2SO4 ??
     
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    Unless you are somehow extremely high in NO3 most of the time you can get all the K you need from the KNO3. If you have really high NO3 already, then you could use K2SO4 instead to get your K.

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    Hi Brian,
    Do you Keep African Cichlids?

    Depending on how much Calcium and Magnesium is in your water, you might not even need the GH booster. An African Cichlid would probably like it, but your plants might not need it - depending on what is in your water.

    Baking soda (NaHCO), will raise your KH (alkalinity) without raising your GH. I have been told that this is unnecessary. What is the KH before you add baking soda?
     
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    The Cichlid is a 20 tank, Im talking about my 29G planted. Both have plants. Im using GH Booster in my planted. I dont wnat to raise kH, only gH. It works, up gH only and Im happy. So why people says that GH Booster up kH and pH???? I dose Ca and Mg this way plus potasium!!.
     
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    If anyone is saying that, it's probably because they don't understand what they're doing. Ask them if they've ever mixed GH booster themselves and used it in their tanks and then tested with calibrated test kits.

    Getting any valuable information from the internet is as much about learning how to find good sources as anything.
     
  9. Brian20

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    Yeah, i think, some people invent things without know, thinks that GH Booster is for up pH, kH and GH. I also think that because I read that somewere many times but when I saw the ingredients I dont see nothing to up pH or kH. So I use it and it worked.
     
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