The baking soda method is very risky and you can really cause problems with chemistry that way. Crushed coral or shells are a more safe slow controlled approach.My PH is still way to low and I'm trying to finish a fish in cycle. Its barely above 6.0 and I know I need at least 7. I tried a few doses of PH up and it made no change. I've herd of baking soda and I'm wondering if I should try that? I don't have a QT tank and idk if that could hurt my fish?
Neither one has it for some reason. Ill check the little mom and pop near me. If not I'll order it thurday I'm just worried about my fish until then. Mostly my snail because it's acidicNo petsmart or petco? You can Amazon it.
Thank youIf you can't find crushed coral, you can crush up cuttlebone (the white things for birds to gnaw on, make sure it is all-natural cuttlebone with no dye or flavoring added) or go to a landscaping supplier and get crushed limestone. They are the exact same material, calcium carbonate.
The baking soda method is very risky and you can really cause problems with chemistry that way. or shells are a more safe slow controlled approach.
It isn't difficult at all. I say risky because I have seen people hose it up and go free caustic on their tanks. Risky is my warning of cautionI don't think the baking soda method is risky if one is dosing appropriately (e.g. quarter teaspoons) and testing after each dose. In fact, from what I read, Seachem Alkaline Buffer is simply a mix of sodium bicarbonate and calcium carbonate.
Calcium carbonate (cuttlebone, crushed coral) has extraordinarily low solubility in water and takes quite a while to dissolve and act upon the tank's pH. Baking soda can be used as a stopgap measure to provide some immediate buffering capacity.
you can put it in a pantyhose or if you have any mesh bags. Than you can place them into the canister or the HOB.
I'm using my tons of coral I now have in a 10 gallon I just started cycling yesterday for its substrate