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Are other salts needed

Postby trashburner » Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:02 pm

Just trying to get ideas before I buy a tank have been checking out this forum and think its awesome. I plan on having a 75 gallon with peacocks/haps. Going to use baking soda and epsom salt to control ph,gh and kh should i be using some kind of other salt such as instant ocean,table salt or cichlid salt???
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Postby nikelodeon79 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:16 pm

What is your ph/gh/kh out of the tap?
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Postby lilcountrygal » Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:20 pm

I dont add salt to my tanks, only in the case of fungus/ich. I dont think its necessary.
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Postby Number6 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:26 pm

a wise man once told me, add nothing to your tank you cannot measure.

Have you checked your KH, GH and pH?
My WC cichlids are gonna be caught on rod n reel!
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Postby trashburner » Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:58 pm

Thanks for responding, I'll be getting my water (city water) from my tap. the current readings are PH=7.4, GH=4, KH=5. i can get them all to within range using baking soda and epsom salt only, just didnt know if i should be adding other salts (instant ocean, cichlid salt or table salt)
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Postby Number6 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:30 pm

Add enough baking soda to get the KH up to where you'd like it... don't worry about pH nor GH.
Let the pH arive at whatever it wants to arrive at once the KH is bumped up.
No need for any other salt. No sea salt or cichlid salts necessary.
My WC cichlids are gonna be caught on rod n reel!
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Postby newforestrob » Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:06 pm

Number6 wrote:Add enough baking soda to get the KH up to where you'd like it... don't worry about pH nor GH.
Let the pH arive at whatever it wants to arrive at once the KH is bumped up.
No need for any other salt. No sea salt or cichlid salts necessary.



I agree %100,I was adding epsoms salts to bring up my gh,it caused nothing but problems for my fish,its hard to measure,with evaporation,salts can creep up if you arent careful
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Postby trashburner » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:56 pm

WOW! I was going by the cichlid receipe on this web site, so dont worry about gh at all just kh and everything else will be fine that makes life alot easlier. thanks
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Postby trashburner » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:13 pm

So just keep the kh between 180-240 right?
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Postby B.Roberson » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:31 pm

Can i chime in? I also do the buffer recipe from this site.
I have a 75 gal also. My tap is neutral ph, gh,kh 50-60. So I've been doing this buffer and ph,gh,kh all good.....
so my question also,do i need the table salt? ? Im using noniodized. But if i need just baking soda and epsom to stabilize then no table salt? ?
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