Tropical Marine Power Easy KH/Alkalinity
Very useful to raise the level of KH: alkalinity (bicarbonate level) of water in a marine aquarium.
Intended especially for smaller tanks with a predominance of soft corals.
The main active element of the preparation is a substance that increases the alkalinity of water . In addition, the preparation contains small amounts of potassium, iodine and fluorine.
KH in a marine aquarium.
KH (alkalinity) is one of the most important parameters of the brine in the aquarium. The alkalinity of water results directly from the presence of the bicarbonate anion (HCO3-).
The higher the amount of these ions in the water, the higher the KH water. Hydrogen carbonate ions belong to the pH level buffering agents of seawater, which in nature is almost constant.
Unfortunately, in home aquariums, the pH is subject to adverse daily fluctuations caused, among other things, by too low levels of KH.
Bicarbonate ions are also the main source of building material for coral shells, the basic component of which is calcium carbonate CaCO3. It is thanks to the appropriate level of KH (bicarbonates) that corals grow.
The optimal level of KH
The alkalinity of water in coral reefs is about 7 dKH. In most home marine tanks, the KH level should be kept as constant as possible in the 7-10 dKH range.
Raising KH too high is not recommended, as it can be dangerous for LPS and SPS corals, and also negatively affects biofiltration processes.
The use of MARINE POWER EASY KH / ALKALINITY
In a properly functioning marine aquarium, bicarbonate ions (HCO3-) are steadily declining, primarily due to the consumption of calcium carbonate in the calcification process.
Carbonates are consumed not only by calcifying beads (SPS and LPS), but also by mollusks (snails, bivalves) and calcareous algae.
Bicarbonate loss should be regularly supplemented with Marine Power Easy KH/Alkalinity. HCO3 consumption depends on many factors, such as water temperature, lighting, type of storage in the aquarium and others, and its level requires regular monitoring.
To determine the level of KH, we recommend MARINE POWER XACT TEST KH / ALKALINITY. Thanks to it, you can easily determine the current level of KH and its loss, for example, during the week.