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Old 12-15-2003, 01:21 AM   #11
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checked ph again its at 8.2 i guess ill have the lfs test for me tomorrow.

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Old 12-15-2003, 09:37 AM   #12
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With the alk at 3 mEq/l it is more than possible that the ph is fine, it is more or less the CA that is in question. The ones you should get checked at the LFS are alk, CA and Mg to be sure your own readings and test kits are accurate.

If all ring true, then raising the alk via buffer will be the best route as long as it is done very slowly. I would suggest posting the numbers once re-tested to be sure though...

BTW, having the LFS test the ph will not help. Once removed from the tank, ph is affected by ambient O2/CO2 therefore any travel time will skew the results making it inaccurate. It must be done within a few minutes of removing the sample...

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