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Old 11-06-2015, 01:52 PM   #101
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I would just let the tank acclimate to that for a week, and do another 60% change next weekend. Test before you do the change, it may sort itself out with no dosing moving forward...
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Old 11-06-2015, 01:53 PM   #102
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Is there another way to bring the alkalinity down more.

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Old 11-06-2015, 01:54 PM   #103
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I have to make more saltwater in order to do another water change next week.

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Old 11-06-2015, 01:55 PM   #104
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Another water change likely, however you probably don't want to completely shock the tank by dropping that much at once. Next question would be are you sure you're testing it correctly...?
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Old 11-06-2015, 02:20 PM   #105
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I will retest just to make sure.

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Old 11-06-2015, 02:30 PM   #106
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Ok i did the alk test again and found that i was reading the chart wrong. Its reading 6.7 now. Much better.

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Old 11-06-2015, 04:15 PM   #107
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6.7 is a bit too low IMO. Be extra careful with alk levels as it effects hard corals more than most other parameters. The goal is stability somewhere between 8-12dkh. I like the higher side as it helps to keep ph from bouncing around. You'll get it sorted out and when you do, keep a routine so it varies as little as possible.


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Old 11-07-2015, 01:55 PM   #108
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6.7 is a bit too low IMO. Be extra careful with alk levels as it effects hard corals more than most other parameters. The goal is stability somewhere between 8-12dkh. I like the higher side as it helps to keep ph from bouncing around. You'll get it sorted out and when you do, keep a routine so it varies as little as possible.


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Thanks Greg. I'm bringing this tank home from my office in a couple of weeks. Just waiting on the 29 gallon to finish cycling. I don't really want to do another water change only because its a pain transporting rodi water from home to make the saltwater. I'm hoping over the next couple of weeks that the top off water will make some adjustments in the alk. Can i use a buffer to bring it up if the top off doesn't make a difference?

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Old 11-09-2015, 10:57 AM   #110
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Tested alk again this morning and its reading 9.3. I'm using Salifert tests and i am still getting used to reading the chart that comes with it. The corals are starting to open up more.
Tested my 29 gallon over the weekend and its still not ready. The readings are coming down compared to last weekend so I'm hoping by this weekend coming up the tank will be ready and i can start bringing home some corals out of the 20 gallon next week to put in the 29 gallon.

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