Ive been doing 2 pounds Epsom 16-32oz soda and it’s had little effect.
Yesterday night I added 4pounds of Epsom and 48oz of soda and it finally moved the KH and GH.
Tonight KH was 80 and GH was 100. pH was 7.8-8.
I proceeded to add another 2 pounds of Epsom and 16oz soda tonight. Yes, mixed in warm water.
Will see what the…[Read more]
Tonight KH was 30 and GH was 60. I added 32oz baking soda and 2pounds of Epsom. Was a bit conservative just in case. Will monitor again tomorrow.
My question about the Nutrafin liquid solution test kit was because I was curious why such an expensive test kit ($100) could be so inaccurate for pH. The test strips were more accurate…[Read more]
I will test the pond water tonight before I add anything.
The water change was from a few days ago when I was panicking from the high KH that one evening I told you about. I don’t do water changes usually.
The soda is being mixed into tubs of pond water before being added to the pond. The temperature outdoors is 22-26 degrees…[Read more]
It’s been about 24hours since I last added Epsom and soda.
I just tested
KH = 30 with Nutrafin liquid test kit
KH = 40 with API test strips
GH= 60 with Nutrafin liquid test kit
GH= 30-60 with API test strips
Shall I add 16oz baking soda and 2 pounds of Epsom? Or wait for another test tomorrow?
Hi Venus, what are some things that could account for the inaccurately high pH readings from the liquid test? We haven’t used hydrogen peroxide but it’s quite possible my dad has. He has used many different substances in the pond in addition to antibiotics.
Ok, good so we have confirmed the leak. If we did nothing to plug the leak and performed…[Read more]
Just thought I would update you on water parameters. Before adding anything this evening, I tested the water parameters as follows:
Electric Pond salinity tester
Nutrafin Master Test Kit (Liquid; what I’ve always been using)
-pH: 7.8-8 (high pH…[Read more]
Should I add 16oz baking soda and 2pounds of Epsom again today?
I have been following the bottle directions of 5mL Prime for every 50gallons of fresh water added so far. If I double the dose, then I would be adding 10mL Prime for every 50gallons of fresh water added, yes? Just to confirm though, say I top up 1000gallons of water…[Read more]
Pond water stats this morning:
Nitrite: 0.3 (it’s increasing)!
pH: 8.4-8.6 (color in between)
I know I messed up the baking soda, but given the high pH, I’m very worried adding more to raise KH will cause the alkalinity to be off the charts (tester cannot read past 8.6). What do you…[Read more]
Wow last night was a roller coaster. The diseased fish died so we took it out of the pond. It took the effort of my brother and I to fish it out with a big net. And of course now we’re worried about how long the fish was in the pond for and whether the bacteria or parts of its remains were eaten by other fish. We have observed…[Read more]
The salinity level increased from 0.09 to 0.1 after I added the 2 pound of Epsom salt. It will probably increase again after I add another 2 pounds today.
Ammonia and Nitrite are definitely 0.1 (lowest-second lowest color on the chart), I think it was remained the same, no change.
I am topping water daily with the garden hose for…[Read more]
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