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Old 09/25/2017, 03:08 PM   #16
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Kalk reacts with carbon dioxide to convert OH- into carbonate and eventually bicarbonate. The total alkalinity remains the same, but the pH of the tank will drop with the conversion, thus countering the initial spike due to the Kalkwasser. Air with more carbon dioxide should tend to push the conversion more rapidly.

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