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post #1 of 7 Old 01-24-2011, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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i was wondering around the internet and found this article of baking soda used in fish tanks.
i was wondering if this is true thanks.



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i was wondering around the internet and found this article of baking soda used in fish tanks.
i was wondering if this is true thanks.

No, it does not. It works temporarily only.
To raise ph and kh, use limestone (Agricultural limestone is cheap at organic gardening stores).
Raising one and not the other won't do anything beneficial, and will stress your fish.

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ok.... but one of my goldfish had ick.. i treated it with baking soda and eating salt non iodized... lol the goldfish look sick and i had too many goldfish anyway so i wanted to see what would happen.
i tried it and it work the ick is gone, btw the gold fish was in a separate tank when i was treating it.



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Redchigh is correct. Long-term this is actually quite dangerous as a method of lowering pH, as I have explained at length in a couple of other threads.

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ok.... but one of my goldfish had ick.. i treated it with baking soda and eating salt non iodized... lol the goldfish look sick and i had too many goldfish anyway so i wanted to see what would happen.
i tried it and it work the ick is gone, btw the gold fish was in a separate tank when i was treating it.
How much salt did you dose? And you don't separate the fish once ich strikes. Every fish in contact with the infected must also be treated. Even if the white spots don't appear on some of the fish, they can reside in gill tissues and still attack from there.

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Water parameters (including KH and GH)?

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Redchigh is correct. Long-term this is actually quite dangerous as a method of lowering pH, as I have explained at length in a couple of other threads.
i never said about lowering ph, i wanted to raise it..idk just wanted to test it. i am not going to use it again though.



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i never said about lowering ph, i wanted to raise it..idk just wanted to test it. i am not going to use it again though.
In my speed I typed the wrong phrse, my apology; I meant to say using baking soda to buffer hardness/pH. B.

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