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Boost GH (general hardness) if lower than comfort zone

General hardness is mostly made up of magnesium and calcium. These mineral support the general health of our fish. Too low of content, and our fish exhibit scale loss and rotting fins. Water too rich in general hardness can poison our fish. Boost GH if high by adding Epsom salts. Epsom salts are magnesium in it’s purest form. In most parts of the world, magnesium is scarce

Calcium is a common chemical. In most cases when GH is low, magnesium is low. If magnesium is too high, it must be removed by adding water that has been stripped of all value. The process is called reverse osmosis; R.O. water. Be warned. Adding R.O. water may lower GH, but it will also lower KH as well

Measuring water parameters

Goldfish suffering from magnesium poisoning exhibit violet to purple tail fins. Sooner or later these fish will suffer organ failure unless treated

The comfort zone is for GH is 200 to 400 ppm

Read the 10 Steps to learn more about testing water

Bottled pH

By | 2020-08-05T18:34:52-05:00 March 19th, 2016|Categories: Goldfish Koi Chat|Tags: , |

Bottled pH, does it work, and if so, how Bottled pH is popular with a lot of goldfish and Koi keepers. Most of us test pH levels as a part of their normal routine; it being the most common parameter, however it's also the most confusing. We know that the levels should be within an established comfort zone, however, we don't know how or why Bottled pH We've heard of the dreaded pH crash, although we're unsure what causes it. A few know it has something to do with oxygen. These few may not understand how water becomes oxygenated. They don't have to; the industry is selling pH in a bottle Is pH in a bottle a bad thing? Not really; not if you understand how its value is determined Every fish keeper should know about the water their fish live in, and yet, most know very little. The majority of fish keepers are depending on water treatment designed to lower or raise pH, even though they have a healthy pH in their freshwater source;     it's mystery how how to keep it healthy in their fish house Bottled pH Hydrogen occurs mainly in combination with oxygen and water as well as in organic matter such as living plants, petroleum and coal. The term pH was derived by a Danish chemist, Lauritz, although the term stuck, its full meaning has always been, and always will be debated. Named after the Greek words hydro for 'water' and genes for 'forming,' hydrogen; in relation to the water in our fish houses, potential of hydrogen simply put is the potential of water to be oxygenated. Note the word potential, meaning; latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness However vague, examining parts of the parameter separately helps us to determine it's potential for life Parts of pH Carbonate mineral (KH) and oxygen (O2) combined make up the parts of pH. KH gives water the potential to support O2, however, this doesn't make it so. The body of water must be free of carbon dioxide; gas create from waste and free of clouds with the surface exposed to fresh air, before oxygen can be absorbed. By method of diffusion water pulls oxygen from the air with the ripple of a wave. Water with no surface movement referred to as stagnant, doesn't have the ability to pull oxygen from the air; there is no diffusion taking place How to oxygenate water Moving water eliminates clouds altogether or changes their form. In a natural body of water; wind moves the surface causing ripples or waves to pull gases from the water as it pulls oxygen from the air. The natural motion of waves keeps the body of water clear. A river or stream that follows a downhill grade or cascades over a rocky cliff creating a water fall, clears the water as it does so. Mother Nature at work Bottled pH In aquariums and small ponds however, we must depend on the mechanics of our water pumps to create action. Only a real pond pump provides the right kind of action [...]

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