06-17-2009, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by mullinsd2
ive been reading up on caclium levels and alkalinity, and it seems that simple baking soda can help a lot of these problem out.. along with epsom salt. Can anyone give me some basic info on this?
I have used Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) in the past but have never been happy with the results. I suggest reading everything you can by Randy Holmes Farley on the topic of alkalinity, especially if you plan on using an "at home" receipe to buffer your tank.
Honestly, given the low cost of a buffer and the high cost of livestock, I can't imagine any scenario in which I would not use a commercially prepared buffer. I spend about $15 every 3 to 4 months on a buffer for my 180 & 58 combined. $5.00 per month isn't much of an expense.