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Cichlid salt dosage

Discussion in 'Freshwater Equipment, Products, & DIY' started by captmicha, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. captmicha

    captmicha Le tired.

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    I looked but can't find it. I'm looking for a chart that will tell me exactly how much cichlid salt (recipe isn't too important as long as it makes my water hard, alkaline and high pH) I need to add depending on my current water conditions.

    At best, I've found this but it doesn't really tell me exactly how much I need to add. http://www.wetwebmedia.com/fwsubwebindex/fwh2oquality.htm

    I KNOW I can keep retesting the water after adding amount after amount of cichlid salt but I strongly prefer a chart that would just tell me.

    If it helps, API says my water conditions are as follows:
    GH 107.4ppm or 6 dGH
    KH 53.7ppm or 3 dKH
    PH 6.6
     
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    tanker Josh Holloway--Be mine!!!

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    Post this question in the Cichlid section, they maybe of more help. Also what kind of cichlids are you keeping??
     
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    oo7genie Hello my fintime gal...

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    http://dataguru.org/misc/aquarium/CalKH.asp?Gallons=29&KH=2&measure=0&Baking+Soda+(Teaspoons)=1.12&SKH=6&EKH=10&pHChange=0.01

    That's just for how baking soda will raise your pH. Not certain about it's accuracy, as I've never really tested it.


    I ended up just creating my own mix after researching different recipes on the web, and slowly adjusting my tank week to week. The cichlid mix recipe I ended up with (per 5g):

    2 Tbsp Epsom Salt
    2 Tbsp Baking Soda
    1 Tbsp Marine Salt

    Starting with tap water of:
    pH - 7.4
    KH - 2
    GH - 0

    To end up with a nice (Lake Malawi) cichlid friendly:
    pH - 8.2
    KH - 15.5
    GH - 15

    I made up a huge pre-mixed batch of this for my 150g tank, should last me a year or so. My cichlids have been breeding like crazy since I started using this mix, so I imagine they dig it!
     
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