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Help me understand dGH
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(12-01-2019, 06:24 PM)Gingerlove05 Wrote:
(12-01-2019, 03:54 PM)Vale! Wrote: Near (or at) the beginning of your 'Bikini Bottoms' thread you stated: "Filter up and running with hula hoops and filter peat."

I know from direct observation that peat adsorbs ++ ions, such as the calcium and magnesium ions which dictate general hardness (GH), so I strongly suspect that's what's happening in your tank.

If you were so minded you could set up a test to see whether my guess is right or not.

Nice spot Vale! Just goes to show we really need to read and re-read everything Big GrinWink

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I'm glad V! has popped in, I would never have looked at the other thread and put 2 + 2 in the same ballpark, let alone together.... Rolleyes
The GH has lowered, but stayed constantly low, which actually makes sense now......
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That means you will have problems when you do water changes, as your tap water will be much harder than the water in your tank.  Wink 

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(19-01-2019, 01:53 PM)wingnut55 Wrote: That means you will have problems when you do water changes, as your tap water will be much harder than the water in your tank.  Wink 

Ian.

That did cross my mind, we have a fair bit of the peat left so was thinking of putting that in a bucket with the tap water we would use for the water change. Then test, don’t know how else to manage this, the hardness is going to be all over the place  Confused
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(19-01-2019, 03:56 PM)SpanishAnnie Wrote:
(19-01-2019, 01:53 PM)wingnut55 Wrote: That means you will have problems when you do water changes, as your tap water will be much harder than the water in your tank.  Wink 

Ian.

That did cross my mind, we have a fair bit of the peat left so was thinking of putting that in a bucket with the tap water we would use for the water change. Then test, don’t know how else to manage this, the hardness is going to be all over the place  Confused

That will be your problem Annie, keeping your dGH stable, I would just stop using the Peat altogether if it were me, before you start adding fish. But this is just my opinion.  Wink 

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Using the leftover peat and letting the water stand overnight will help sort the problem, but you'll need to check it before adding to the tank to make sure it isn't too far off..... Wink
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