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Old 07-21-2013, 11:04 AM   #31
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It says not to exceed 1ml per gal in 24 hours. When is your next pwc? The best time to dose Part 1 of B-Ionic is before lights are off. That is because PH and Alk tends to go down at night. Just make sure no precipitation occurs after dosing.
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:58 PM   #32
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My next pwc is goin to be next Friday.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:11 PM   #33
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Have you ever had an alkaline reading between 8 to 12 at all? Your Mg and Ca are good. KH is a buffer of PH. If your PH is stable I would just wait until the next pwc and take another reading. If it still don't go up to 8, I would get another test kit. Another thing you can do also is crank up your water surface agitation and see if PH will increase a bit.
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:41 PM   #34
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My pH has been 8-8.1. Im not sure though if the test kit is the problem because i have the API and Red Sea and i always compare the test if i am in doubt with the results. I would say the Red Sea is slightly higher than the API results but more like the tenths..
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:43 PM   #35
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It says not to exceed 1ml per gal in 24 hours. When is your next pwc? The best time to dose Part 1 of B-Ionic is before lights are off. That is because PH and Alk tends to go down at night. Just make sure no precipitation occurs after dosing.
So this means im not gonna dose today, right? Should there be like an initial dose and maintenance dose or i just have to dose the same amount every other day or whenever the alkalinity is falling down?
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:53 PM   #36
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If you have 40 gal tank and you already dosed 22ml, that means you can only dose about 18 ml more before end of 24 hrs. There is a precaution though. You should have started just 5 ml per 20 gal each day then gradually increase your dose to reach desired KH. I presume you don't does any other elements.
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Nope. my other elements are just fine its just the KH that's a prob right now. 24hours has passed already since I dosed yesterday at 9:30am. Going to check my water now to see what the numbers are.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:19 PM   #38
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So now my KH went down again to 6.7dkh with the Red Sea test kit and my ph went up to 8.4.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:43 PM   #39
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In that case large water change is the solution.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:52 PM   #40
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If it were me, I would leave the chemicals alone for a bit and do some water changes. Messing with additives can make matters worse.

Once you get to the ideal dkh with water changes I would then monitor it to see how fast it drops as well as how fast your calcium/magnesium drop. this will tell you how long your tank can go with just the water changes before you have to supplement.

What is the alkalinity of the fresh water that you put in? Does it drop after it;'s added? or are you starting out with low alkalinity?
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