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Hi,

I'm setting up a tank for Malawi mbuna. My water parameters are low out of the tap (ph7, <2 kh/gh) so I will be using some Seachem products to raise it up. My question is once I have the tank stable and dosed correctly do I need to add the buffers to the bin I have my water change water in or just do the water change and add the buffer into the tank after the water change?

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If you have a bin why not add it to the bin?
 

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That was my question, do I bring the bin ph,kh,gh up to the same of the tank, then put that water into the tank or add water to the tank undosef then dose up the tank?
 

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When I used the seachem products I would just mix everything in a bucket of dechlorinated tap water and then add to the tank while the python was filling it.
 

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Ok so when using a buffer to increase the tank pH, do you add the buffer to the tank every day, or does the tank stay there once it's increased?
 

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You will only need to add buffer during water changes, not every day. Fill a 5 gallon bucket with water then add 1/2 teaspoon of buffer then do a test for PH, KH, GH. If it is still low add another 1/2 teaspoon and test again. Keep going until you get the right parameters.
 

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Thanks! I haven't had a tanknin 30 years so it's a steep learning curve!
 

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If you absolutely feel the need to use a buffer of some kind, save yourself some money and use a dyi mix of baking soda/epsom salt. It is very easy and way cheaper. Do yourself a favor and google it.
 

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A recipe for this is available in the Cichlid-forum Library. I just use baking soda when acclimating a fish that has been kept in a very high pH.
 
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