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Old 01-29-2005, 09:05 AM   #1
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Balancing act...

OK I have my tank set up and cycling with a dead shrimp, and a 20 gallon container full of water in the opposite corner of the room. Now I'm working to keep the pH and temp of the two together ( is it worth putting some sand in the bottom of my storage can to help buffer the solution, or is a sea buffer the way to go?)

Right now they're both at 81 degrees. I'll step it down a bit today, but even here there is contradictory advice re: correct temperature. I've read anywhere from 74 - 82 degrees.

Any strong opinions out there?

Actually, while we're on it, what are the "correct" reading for pH, hardness, and temperature?

(I know, I've read it several times, but you guys are DOING it, so I'm asking.
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 01-29-2005, 10:35 AM   #2
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I keep my ph at 8.2 - 8.4 . Temp stays at 79 degrees. HTH
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i keep my ph at about the same as stusclan but a lettle colder at 75
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I would shoot for a temp of 80f, ph of 8.2 and ALK around 10dkh. Remember that stablilty is more important than hitting a specific number as long as you are in the right range.

If you are storing premixed SW in your container there should be no need to buffer it as the salt mix should do that. If it is RO or DI replacement water the answer is yes you need to buffer.
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Old 01-30-2005, 10:15 PM   #5
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Do you happen to know the formula to convert from meq/l to dKh? I know I have it somehwere .

Does 10dKh correspond to 3.5 meq/l (+ or -) ??

Sorry for the VERY technical question. I'm nearly to the point of saturation on my learning curve for this new hobby, but I'm truly enjoying every minute of it.
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 01-30-2005, 10:22 PM   #6
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Just found some nice calculators (boy does the shrimp in this room STINK!! 8O )

http://www.saltyzoo.com/SaltyCalcs.html

10 dKH = 3.5714285714286 meq/l

Cool.
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 01-31-2005, 11:15 AM   #7
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1 mEq/l = 2.8 DKH

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