Let me see if I understand this (in layman's terms) now...
I have been working to raise a low PH
in my year-old 90 gallon reef.
sits at around 7.9 24x7 - never seems to change.
I got some Reef buffer (raises Ph to 8.3, it says on the bottle) and put about enough in to raise the Ph by about 0.2. A day later I tested: no change in the Ph BUT the ALk
had gone up to over 6meq/L.
Hmmm.... I reason that the Alk
is so high that this effectively prevents the Ph from changing (this right - that the ALkalinity is the RESISTANCE to change in the Ph?). The Calcium, by the way, tests at 360.
So, on the advice of an article referenced somehwre here I use some Calcium Chloride to raise the Calcium so as to better balance the Calc/Alk
Yesterday the Calcium now measures at 420, the Alk
meanwhile has dropped to a shade over 4meq/L.
, however, stubbornly refuses to change from it's 7.9.
So, aside from the Calc/Alk
being 'almost' balanced now, I have made no change to my chemistry for the one thing I was trying to change.
What gives, and should I continue to worry about the Ph?
What's the best course of action now?
Thanks in advance,