I've got an idea I'd like to get some feedback on. Now this may be absolutely brilliant, or long since done by the community for years, (or yet a terrible idea) But I haven't been able to find any info on it. To the point:
I'm correcting tap water issues for several very small tanks, and so I need to mix several chemicals that come with measurable dosages for 70 or 50 gallons, when I'm only changing 1 or two gallons at a time.
This makes it very hard to get accurate dosage, requiring the use of a druggist's scale or 1ml pipettes to measure out.
So why don't I just mix everything I need together in a bottle at a reasonable ratio for my tanks (like 10ml/gallon) that I can easily toss in the tap water with every water change?
My questions are - Will combining several aquarium chemicals cause unwanted reactions? and Are other people already doing this ? (premixing tank doses) Background
So - I've got several small to "nano" tanks (6, 6, 1, 1, 1, & 0.7 gallons each) and after losing a couple expensive and chemically sensitive shrimp, I finally made the leap and tried to learn all about GH, KH, their relation to PH, and general water chemistry.
I now understand that my tap water is treated with Chloramine, very alkaline (8.8 out of the tap), and heavily softened (0.1 GH).
This is an unusual combination of water chemistry, since it is so soft and yet so basic, most likely due to aggressive water treatment by the city of Boston.
I have remedied this by buying Seachem's new Premier
water conditioner, Seachem Equilibrium
GH raiser and Kent PH Minus
acid, along with GH/KH and PH test kits. The results seem right so far: GH of 3 and PH of 7.0.
I have 3 types of shrimp, some rasborras and a lot of HC dwarf baby tears and a several other plants in my most sensitive tank. (6 Gal)
These are the three chemicals that I want to mix together in one bottle, because together they turn my tap water into perfect de-chloramined, 7.0 properly buffered stuff to add to my tanks.