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Old 12-30-2003, 11:49 PM   #11
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I would stop adding buffer, what is the buffer brand you are using. If your alk is 6.5 meq/L then the buffer isn't necessary, most buffers raise alk and pH. Do some weekly 25% water changes, don't add the buffer and monitor the pH and alk to see what happens. The alk and pH should fall over time, monitor both and if they fall below norms then think about taking corrective measures. You should also invest in a calcium test kit if you plan on keeping corals. Calcium is intimately tied to alkalinity and pH and if your alk is that far off then your calcium is probably off as well.
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i can't stand for either my pH or alkalinity to be too high
Keep in mind that the "appropriate" levels are not set in stone and are relative to different circumstances. I don't believe your alk levels will cause any issue with you adding corals. Rather than continued attempt to dose the tank (which I believe can cause more harm than good) to reach a specific number, if it were my tank I would allow the natural acids in the tank to slowly lower the alk and just continue to test and dose for calcium if needed.

In the meantime, I would evaluate why my alk was that high....water source, buffering, etc. and take actions as necessary.
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Old 12-31-2003, 01:48 AM   #14
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i'm using kent superbuffer, i haven't buffered in awhile, i do have a calcium test kit, and i haven't tried to dose the tank with calcium or anything
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What did your calcium test at?
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it was at like 280
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Calcium is a little low, but without having hard corals, clams, etc. in the tank I would not be overly concerned to raise it immediately. In general terms, a given solution can only hold so many calcium and alkalinity ions, thus if you dose for calcium only it may help push down the alkalinity a bit. I would do so by dosing slowly and testing religiously.
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