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Caution on using baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to raise pH

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Caution on using baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to raise pH
Old 03-24-2010, 07:47 AM   #11
 
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I think you've got that the other way around. NaHCO3 raises the pH of the water but contains no calcium so does not contribute to KH.
Actually I have tested it here over 2 weeks now and it not only raises your pH but it also raises your KH which was my main concern testing it as I have no hardness coming from my tap water.

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...Although at some point I am going to start a rift lake tank, in which case I'll need to make things a bit harder and more alkaline...
Personally was I playing with this thought I'd in-cooperate limestone "caves" for the fish in the set up then, it will not only be natural hiding places for your fish but help up the hardness and keep it stable. Again when I checked into wanting cichlid here again with no hardness from my tap I had to get on the creative end of set ups
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