Baking soda as a buffer???

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  1. troythegreat

    troythegreat Astrea Snail

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    Ive heard that you can use pure Baking soda to maintain dKH, has anyone heard of this? and what are you the pros and cons?
     
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  3. MTips18

    MTips18 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    the only thing i have used baking soda for was to raise my PH
     
  4. coldshot

    coldshot Blue Ringed Angel

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    How do you use baking soda?
     
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    Use a tablespoon or two(or less for a small aquarium... mine is 180) and remeasure the next day. Don't raise it too fast.
     
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    cuttingras Starving Artist :)

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    I tried what was posted before about baking it first to raise pH and it works very well! I'll see if I can find that thread.
     
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  9. Av8Bluewater

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    My directions say mix in RO water first...which I do. I forgot why but there is a reason vs just dumping it in the tank.
     
  10. Bogie

    Bogie Snowflake Eel

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    if you read the MSDS on any of the commercial buffers, you'll find they all consist primarily of sodium bicarbonate.
     
  11. RHorton

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    I have used it in the past with great results I now use soda ash from bulk reef supply.
    If you click on the calculators link it will tell you how much backing soda to add to raise it.
    mix it up in rodi water before adding it to the tank.
     
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