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Old 05-17-2012, 02:56 PM   #11
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Yeah do water changes asap. Your alk should be 11-12 max. Normal range is about 7-12dkh, but usually better to be on the low side unless your having a ph problem

Open your house in your house depressed ph can be caused by carbon dioxide build up. Get some fresh o2 in the room and ph will increase. My ph can often rise from 8.0-8.2 simply from opening some windows for a few hours or so.
Really ? I would never have guessed fresh air will help raise the ph like that :-/
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:13 PM   #12
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Have you checked your Calcium and Strontium levels? Calcium level...I "think" is supposed to be 400-500. I'm still pretty new at this but I like to help if I can ) Sorry about your corals.
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:19 PM   #13
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Calcium in natural seawater is approx 380ppm. Calcium is only need higher if you have many stony corals and or clams as they will suck calcium out of the water rapidly. Not an issue in this case.

Strontium is replaced sufficiently during water changes with your salt mix. It is a minor element and only needs supplementation in heavier stock reefs with many coral. It is not used as primarily as calcium is for growth.
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:26 PM   #14
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And yes closes up houses are high in co2 which depresses ph. Good test to do is set a cup of tank water outside for a half an hour or so shaking it a few times to oxygenate and you will most likely see a significant increase after you test it.

This is the reason ph drops at night. Photosynthesis stops when light are off. oxygen stops being produced and carbon dioxide builds up causing ph to drop until the lights come back on and photosynthesis begins again producing oxygen and the ph rises. This is normal and happens on a daily basis with .2 ph swings between night and day being normal this is why its best to test your ph at the same time right before lights off so you get an accurate representation of your true ph value and its change.
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Wow, this is awesome information. I will update after my water change, I get home from work in 4 hours. Thank you for all of your help!
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:25 AM   #16
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Well, I found out my LFS uses water from the ocean. Didn't expect that living I the desert. So I purchased reef crystal and will start using that as my salt mix. I purchased 10g to change tonight in order to help the coral.

I also bought kent trace element, its a liquid product. Will this help. I bought it because it said it supply's vitamins and other stuff for the coral. Can I get an opinion on this?
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:57 AM   #17
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Where here did you get ocean water?
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:14 AM   #18
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Atlantis tropical on I95 and west lake mead blvd. they told me its tanked into there vendor and they go get it from the middle man.
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Trace elements should be use very sparingly. Use less than recommended on the bottle and less often. Trace elements are in your saltmix and replenished during a water change.

No test kits exist for trace elements really, and you dont know how much to use or if you need to at all, it is possible to overdose.

Only tanks heavily stocked with coral need it doses usually. A good saltmix will do the job as well.
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Trace elements should be use very sparingly. Use less than recommended on the bottle and less often. Trace elements are in your saltmix and replenished during a water change.

No test kits exist for trace elements really, and you dont know how much to use or if you need to at all, it is possible to overdose.

Only tanks heavily stocked with coral need it doses usually. A good saltmix will do the job as well.
Rog, well looks like i may have made a bad impulsive purchase once again. haha, i saw it on sale for 5 bucks, i was like yeah!
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