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Old 07-08-2014, 12:22 AM   #1
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Kalkwasser Tips

I'm thinking of dripping kalkwasser into my 20g mixed reef. I've been having trouble keeping my ph up as it sits pretty low now around 7.7-7.8.

What's the best way? I was thinking of just dripping it when needed during lights out when natural evap occurs. Now, I heard that the solution loses potency as it ages. Is it really going to change all that much in one week? I go through a gallon a week of top off water.

Also, since it's a small tank, I'm assuming it'll maintain alkalinity and magnesium through water changes.


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What is the other readings of your water parameter? pH, Mg, Cal and salinity?
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:24 AM   #3
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Cal 400
Alk 8 dkh
pH 7.8

I don't have a test kit for mag at the moment.



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The simplest way to raise pH is by aeration. Point one of your power heads to water surface to create agitation. The skimmer has a dual purpose. It aerates and removes excess nutrients to reduce phosphate and nitrate levels.
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There already is a lot of agitation. I have one of my powerheads pointed at the surface and I have my HOB filter.


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Personally, I would leave it be. My big tank ran for like 2 years with similar pH and everything was fine. If it's stable don't mess with it is my input.
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Personally, I would leave it be. My big tank ran for like 2 years with similar pH and everything was fine. If it's stable don't mess with it is my input.

+1. I don't even test my ph honestly.
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I was thinking that as well. A tank is healthier with a lower stable pH than a fluctuating higher one.

I guess I'm just a little OCD on keeping parameters in range :p


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