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Old 05-05-2014, 09:59 PM   #1
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Baking soda for alk?

Does anyone do this? I made my first batch. Baked baking soda for an hour as recommended mix with ro water.. And I can't get my alk up.. It's around 5-7 ..
I noticed that baked. It parcipitates when added. Looks milky going in.. And when I put non baked in there. It's clear.. Baked is not working for me.. Am I doing something wrong?
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Old 05-06-2014, 12:24 AM   #2
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When you bake it you're creating sodium carbonate, rather than sodium bicarbonate. I think you should regular baking soda, without being it. If I remember correctly baking soda has a greater affect on ph when it is plain

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Just stick with regular water changes with rodi, dosing will only get you into trouble
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I would have to change water daily. It's an sps dominant tank
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I would have to change water daily. It's an sps dominant tank
Okay, since I have no dosing experiences, Ill let others handle this one, good luck
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It's a 150g with 33 sps small colonies and frags. Plus lps and 2 softies. I change 20g per week. But alk is even low in new salt mix
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What test kit are you using and how are your corals looking?
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:27 PM   #8
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API.. And corals look good! I did some reading and mixed some regular baking soda in with the baked.. It's starting to rise now.. I've been dosing over 100 ml the last 2 days.. Today I got it from a 6 to a 7 with 100 ml.. Going to check it again here in a few
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