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Old 06-27-2012, 05:52 PM   #11
 
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Wait, I just saw the equilibrium that you were talking about and it says that it helps maintain a buffering system, it is ideal for remineralization of RO water, it's good for planted tanks (I plan to have all 3 killie tanks fully planted), and it is a dollar cheaper for 50g more. So now I think I am all good. I'll use pure RO water, add the correct amount of equilibrium, and enjoy. Sound good? Thanks for all of your help!
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:55 PM   #12
 
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I found a product by Kent called Kent R/O Right. It is an RO supplement. I think I will order it and experiment a little with some RO water. Will having virtually no buffers leave me vulnerable to major ph swings? How could I avoid that? Thanks
Don't know this product myself. The pH depends upon the resulting GH, KH and biology. Each aquarium can be very different.

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Wait, I just saw the equilibrium that you were talking about and it says that it helps maintain a buffering system, it is ideal for remineralization of RO water, it's good for planted tanks (I plan to have all 3 killie tanks fully planted), and it is a dollar cheaper for 50g more. So now I think I am all good. I'll use pure RO water, add the correct amount of equilibrium, and enjoy. Sound good?
I don't think Equilibrium buffers, Seachem suggests using their KH buffer as well [I don't]. It just adds the hard minerals to raise GH.
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:10 PM   #13
 
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Hmm, I just read this in a Drs. foster and smith catalog under the product. I'll look into it more and see if that is true or not, but a kh buffer is probably a great idea even if equilibrium already buffers a bit. Thanks!
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:22 PM   #14
 
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Hmm, I just read this in a Drs. foster and smith catalog under the product. I'll look into it more and see if that is true or not, but a kh buffer is probably a great idea even if equilibrium already buffers a bit. Thanks!
If you're going to be using all RO water, including for water changes, KH may or may not matter. You don't want to start dumping unnecessary substances in a fish tank.

My water has zero KH and i add nothing to buffer, and in 20+ years I've never had issues with pH.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:20 PM   #15
 
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Good point. I read a more detailed description of the equilibrium and it says it "also aids in maintaining a complete buffering system." With that said, I will not add any kh buffer stuff. If I do notice anything unusual (spikes in ph of any sort), maybe I'll look into it, but I will take your advice for now. Thanks for all of the advice!
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:57 AM   #16
 
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I tried this R/o water with well water thing xD didn't work for me - spiked my ph to around 8 from 7.6
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:12 AM   #17
 
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That is a good caution. Whenever one is mixing waters and substances, the "expected" result is not always guaranteed, as other chemistry factors that we may not even know are there can affect things. Always go slow, and not with fish in the tank where water is being mixed until you know what that will do.
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