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Old 03/07/2018, 12:01 PM   #17
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I wanted to follow up with my results so far. I've just completed my second weekly water change using the hcl to bring down the alkalinity of my NSW. So far it's working as anticipated. The formula given by mcgyvr above has proven extremely accurate when using the 37% reagent grade hcl. When i test after dosing, the dkh I'm getting is almost exactly what the formula says it should be.

I've also noticed that a couple sps which used to slime a little bit with water changes now do not.... and PE remains good both through and immediately after my WC now.

So the plus side is clearly more stable parameters. And the negative is that now my water changes involve PPE and a couple additional tests besides salinity. Overall, I'm pleased with the results and this will be part of my WC routine moving forward. Thanks everyone for all of the information and help!

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