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FAQ: Can I use Alkaline Buffer together with _______?

Another Company's product

There are a lot of aquarium products on the market, and while most of them will work perfectly fine together in the aquarium, some will not.  We can't 100% guarantee any product that's not our own, but here's a few quick rules:

  1. Avoid using products that overlap in function.  Either one works and so it's the one you should be using, both work and so it's a waste to use them both, or neither work and you should be looking for a third, better product.  In the case of Alkaline Buffer, using multiple buffers and regulators when only one is needed could result in a pH that is different from the one you want.
  2. Research the products you use carefully.  Typically, if a product or medication is volatile enough to react with a buffer or regulator, the company will mention it on the label or website, or you can call in to check.
  3. When in doubt, wait a day.  While there should not be any interaction between Alkaline Buffer and another product, leaving 24 hours in between the doses will avoid possible fish stress from rapidly changing water parameters.

 

Seachem Products

It's safe to use Alkaline Buffer alongside any of the other Seachem products that are recommended for freshwater systems. In fact, it is recommended to use Alkaline Buffer alongside Acid Buffer to target a specific pH.  That said, it is not always ideal to combine multiple buffers, as this can result in sudden pH shifts or a pH that is not within your target range.  Take care with your dosing and avoid using multiple buffers unnecessarily to prevent stressing your aquarium inhabitants.                                                                                   

Here's some Seachem products that are Freshwater Buffers

Neutral Regulator Alkaline Regulator Arowana Buffer
Acid Regulator Discus Buffer  Tanganyika Buffer
Gold Buffer Malawi Buffer Betta Basics
Gold Basics    

As previously mentioned, these products do not directly interact with each other, but the use of multiple buffers can drag your pH or KH out of your target range.

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