Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate

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Chemical
Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate
Common Name(s): Sodium Bicarbonate

Baking Soda

Bicarb Soda

Molecular Formula: NaHCO3
Used For: Maintaining alkalinity
Caution: -
Material Safety Data Sheet: Sodium bicarbonate


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Introduction

Sodium hydrogen carbonate is the major component of additives used for increasing alkalinity. It can be used by itself to increase the alkalinity of a marine aquarium. If dosed by itself, it will cause a temporary decrease in pH. However, this effect is short lived and the pH will rise back up to the equilibrium level after a couple of hours. Also called Sodium Bicarbonate.

Alternative source for this material than the commercially available alkalinity additives / buffers is Baking Soda or Bicarb Soda, both of which consist of sodium hydrogen carbonate.

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