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Old 07-30-2013, 04:31 PM   #61
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Quick ? What's wrong with the alk being 7 I keep mine between 7-8 no higher and with your salt at 1.025 I don't think you should go higher than 8. With that said I had the same problem at startup I used baking soda mixed with rodi water to get my alk up then once where I wanted it I went back to esv there's a calculator you can use will try find it and post.
Yeah I agree with the numbers you posted but mine went down as low as 4.8dkh and the highest was 8.2.
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:33 PM   #62
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Did you try the baking soda? It works.
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Any where between 8-12. Stability is key, my lfs looks for around 10.5 in there tanks. Mine is 9.1-9.8. When my acans started to melt it was 5.6 they fully recovered and I'm seeing good growth in corals and clams.
Im trying to a for 9 right now.. The reef calculator for randy says i need to dose 100ml so im going to divide that to 5 days while keeping an eye on my calc and ph as well. My acans are getting smaller. They used to look like a Canadian toonie now theyre like quarters lol!!
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:36 PM   #64
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Did you try the baking soda? It works.
Haven't tried baking soda. Im afraid the baking soda we have here in Canada contain something that makes it bubble up when mixed with water.
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shoot for a alk range of 8-12
I settled for 10 and it made a world of difference
I haven't tried the seltzer water trick but I heard a lot of good things about it it's used as a top off and the gases help raise alk levels to a safe range
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This is the one I used. It works I only had to do it one time and you can use the calculator to tell you how much to add to ro water.

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Haven't tried baking soda. Im afraid the baking soda we have here in Canada contain something that makes it bubble up when mixed with water.
I think that's baking powder, different stuff. Arm and Hammer baking soda is world wide, I think. You are looking for pure sodium bicarbonate.
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How can seltzer water raise ph? It has carbon dioxide in it. It should lower ph shouldn't it?
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How can seltzer water raise ph? It has carbon dioxide in it. It should lower ph shouldn't it?
Staying away from that one lol but I did hear of it in the pass never tried it.
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I don't know much about it but they always talk about it at the fish shop
they say it works thats about all I know next time I go in I'll ask about it
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