Urgent help needed Accidental overdose of BiCarb

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  1. neo

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    Howdy,
    had an accident last night and the container my Bicarb is stored in dropped in the sump why I was adding some.
    Did not think it was to bad but the DT became extremely cloudy in the hours thereafter, I did not sleep well....
    This morning the water looked much better but everything is covered as the bicarb settled down overnight.
    What to do ?
    Leave it, water changes? please help
     
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  3. JD167

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    I'd say a large water change should be done.
     
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    The white settlement is the calcium that precipitated.
     
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    The cloudy that occurred is more than likely a snow storm with the PH being pushed too high and the calcium has precipitated out of the water. You will more than likely find the water is extremely clear this morning. The white powder is more than likely the calcium that has precipitated out of the water column, in the short term not too much of a problem but remember your water column has no calcium at the moment. A water change is a starting point and try siphon off all the dust and then check your ca and alk levels and bring them back into line again.
     
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    Thankyou all, will start with the cleanup,
    very angry at myself with my clumsiness..aaargh..
     
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    Dont be angry with yourself. These things happen and it could have been a lot worse with something not so innocuous. Good luck with water changes and cleaning up.
     
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    Sodium Bicarb should NEVER increase your tank's pH to more than 8.2. Sodium bicarb itself does not react chemically to anything that I know of, that's in the water. All it does is buffer the water of the tank and increase alkalinity. It should never have any other major impact on your tank.
     
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    As I understand after some reading today...
    you are correct IF you use the bicarb from the box BUT i baked mine for 2hrs at 180deg (was advised to do so) and this gives you just sodium carbonate which will raise your pH above 8.2.
     
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    Ah ok. Thanks for explaining Neo. In which case, I do agree.
     
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    im intrigued cos i always thought dosing calcium too fast caused precipitation, not bicarb or carb causing calcium to precipitate. but im learning.
     
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  13. neo

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    Thx mandarinman,
    I'm also still learning so every bit helps.
     
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