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  • Malawi/Victoria Buffer effect on KH and GH

    I would like to know how Malawi/Victoria Buffer would affect the Total Hardness (GH) and Alkaline Hardness (KH). May I know the degree of GH and KH increase per gram of buffer added to each litre of water.

    Also, does the buffer contain any sodium, phosphate, and nitrate?

    I am planning to use the buffer in a Sulawesi shrimp only tank to raise the pH to about 8.2. Is there any component in the buffer I should be concern of? Do you have other products which may be more suitable.

    Many Thanks.

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    Re: Malawi/Victoria Buffer effect on KH and GH

    Malawi/Victoria Buffer will have no effect on general hardness, though it will raise alkalinity 1-2 meq/L per dose. Being a carbonate-based buffer, this product is a blend of carbonate salts(carbonate and bicarbonate); it therefore contains no phosphate or nitrate. It should be completely suitable for your purposes.
    Last edited by Tech Support LK; 11-03-2008, 10:41.

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    • #3
      Re: Malawi/Victoria Buffer effect on KH and GH

      Dear Tech Support,

      Thanks for your reply. Would you tell me how much is 1-2 meq/L in degrees hardness (dH) or ppm? When you mentioned per dose, do you mean 5 g (1 level teaspoon) for each 4080 L (10 to 20 gallons) of water? Would you also tell me what cations (eg. Ca, Mg, or K)is in the blend?

      Thanks again!

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      • #4
        Re: Malawi/Victoria Buffer effect on KH and GH

        1meq/L = 2.8dH = 50ppm
        Yes. That is what I meant by "per dose". The only cation this product would contain would be sodium.

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          Re: Malawi/Victoria Buffer effect on KH and GH

          Many Thanks!

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          • #6
            Re: Malawi/Victoria Buffer effect on KH and GH

            You are welcome :)

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              Re: Malawi/Victoria Buffer effect on KH and GH

              [QUOTE=Tech Support EH;4138]Malawi/Victoria Buffer will have no effect on general hardness, though it will raise alkalinity 1-2 meq/L per dose. Being a carbonate-based buffer, this product is a blend of carbonate salts(carbonate and bicarbonate); it therefore contains no phosphate or nitrate. It should be completely suitable for your purposes.[/QUOTE]

              Hi, sorry for thread revival but this seems related to my question:)

              In another thread titled "ph" it's mentioned that Malawi buffer will maintain it's ph from either a higher or lower ph values, I wish to raise the the kh in on of my tanks from 4deg to a preferred value and my tanks ph is at the same ph as the buffer will control. Is that the correct way to use the buffer to achieve that result?

              Also my gh is around 8deg +/- 1deg in all my aquariums, do I use my cichlid lake salt to control that value?

              Thanks, Mitch

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              • #8
                Re: Malawi/Victoria Buffer effect on KH and GH

                Dis regard the first question please, I confused myself so much but I'm on top of that concern now!

                Sorry:)

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                • #9
                  Re: Malawi/Victoria Buffer effect on KH and GH

                  Glad to hear you are on top of it now. Just to expand a little bit on KH and pH for anyone else reading, the Malawi/Victoria Buffer is going to top out at around 8.4. Even if you add more buffer, this can raise the KH but the pH won't go higher with just Malawi Buffer.

                  You can use Cichlid Lake Salt to control your GH.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Malawi/Victoria Buffer effect on KH and GH

                    Thanks! "Just add water" that simple :) love it when things are that easy!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Malawi/Victoria Buffer effect on KH and GH

                      :)

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