Ok so I have to run out for a while. I'm waiting for my water to reach tank temp to do my pwc
I'm running into issues with pH.
I tested my tank 8.7 (on the right) 8.8 (on the left), yep tested both sides (from the front). Weird right?
I tested my tap water before RI/DI
I tested my plain ro
water 7.5 (shouldn't this be 7.0).
I tested my ro
water with just the salt (Instant Ocean Reef Crystals) added and it's 8.7.
I'm using the Hanna pH Meter (pHep 4).
So now how am I gonna get my pH between 8.1 and 8.4 if just plain water and salt mix is taking it up to 8.7?
My tank's temperature fluctuates by 2 degrees consistantly every day (I have heater (back center wall) set to 77 and I get 79-81 temps (according to my digital), at the moment my digital (probe is now in bottom right - was on back right) and glass thermometer (stuck by suction cup on front left of tank) read pretty close. I have brown diatoms ALL OVER the place. Rocks are mostly brown, starting to get brown spots on glass.
Hmm so have done reading and reading and guess what.....Yep still lost. My critters are ok with this 8.7/8.8 SO far but I'm not.
Also, trying to get my lights working right, they are in manual right now cause they don't come one or go off in auto when they are supposed to, so I have more adjusting to do with the timers.
Planning on finishing up my pwc
/vacuuming tonite when I get back, or should I do something with the fluval and emperor 400 first?
Thanks ya'll for all your help