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Old 12-14-2012, 08:07 PM   #921
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Denitrifying bacteria in the sand and rock may also be playing a part. I'm surprised your alkalinity hasn't dropped if your nitrates have gotten so low.
well i havent been testing for Alk yet so who knows.. i figure ill wait until i atleast get my lights
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:48 PM   #922
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well i havent been testing for Alk yet so who knows.. i figure ill wait until i atleast get my lights
Wouldn't low alk cause low pH? And low pH could stall the cycle.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:50 PM   #923
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Wouldn't low alk cause low pH? And low pH could stall the cycle.
That i didn't know.. TBH I haven't tested my pH in awhile. Maybe I should do that lol
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That i didn't know.. TBH I haven't tested my pH in awhile. Maybe I should do that lol
Yeah. For some reason I want to say alk has something to do with PH... Or water hardness... Or maybe I'm way off base. Do a pH test anyway to make sure it's ok. Lol!
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Just for future reference for me what are the ideal levels for everything in a saltwater tank? I know 0 ammo and nitrites but what nitrates and what else should be tested?
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:26 PM   #926
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Ammonia-0

Nitrite-0
Nitrate- as close to 0 as possible
Ph-8-8.4
Phosphate-0
Calcium-450
Idk others off the top of my head.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:58 PM   #927
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Just for future reference for me what are the ideal levels for everything in a saltwater tank? I know 0 ammo and nitrites but what nitrates and what else should be tested?
Ammo, Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate close to 0 as possible
Calcium 400-500ppm
Magnesium usually triple the amount of whatever your calcium is
Ph 8-8.4 usually
kH between 8°-12°
Phosphates 0ppm
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:59 PM   #928
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Yeah. For some reason I want to say alk has something to do with PH... Or water hardness... Or maybe I'm way off base. Do a pH test anyway to make sure it's ok. Lol!
Lol I'm gonna check it out in a few minutes!
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Yeah. For some reason I want to say alk has something to do with PH... Or water hardness... Or maybe I'm way off base. Do a pH test anyway to make sure it's ok. Lol!
pH and alkalinity are directly related. I can usually guess pretty close what my pH is based on the ppm alkalinity.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:38 PM   #930
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Just tested.. kinda hard to tell. Looks like 8.1ish
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