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thekoimaiden 10-13-2012 05:56 PM

Quick question about aragonite sand
 
Like the title says, very quick. Will aragonite sand lose it's buffering capacity if washed too much? I just put about 40 lbs in my 55 gal tank intending to raise the GH, KH, and pH for my goldfish, but I have not seen a significant increase even after having it in the tank for 24 hours. Did I wash the buffering capacity away?

Quantum 10-13-2012 06:26 PM

no, its affect on GH, KH, an pH are due to its chemical composition, and that would not have been changed by rinsing it

Byron 10-13-2012 06:55 PM

Agree. Keep a check on pH and GH, it will go up. Not sure how long this takes, but in my use of just a couple tablespoons in a filter, it was a week when I noticed a rise in pH. But i wasn't monitoring every day.

thekoimaiden 10-13-2012 08:26 PM

My tap pH is pretty high, and I think the aragonite only bumped it up to about 8.3 at the highest. My GH and KH rose by one degree (tap water is 3dGH and 2 dKH), but that was it. I really thought the sand would do a lot more.

But I'm glad to know that I didn't destroy the buffering capacity with my washing. I wanted to make sure it was clear of salt.

Byron 10-14-2012 11:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thekoimaiden (Post 1274237)
My tap pH is pretty high, and I think the aragonite only bumped it up to about 8.3 at the highest. My GH and KH rose by one degree (tap water is 3dGH and 2 dKH), but that was it. I really thought the sand would do a lot more.

But I'm glad to know that I didn't destroy the buffering capacity with my washing. I wanted to make sure it was clear of salt.

If it has only been a couple days, you can expect this to rise further over the next few days to weeks.


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