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Old 04-05-2004, 11:10 PM   #1
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My tank is not "Ionically Balanced"!!

I just bought seachem reef buffer because my PH was 7.0 which I am not sure why. It says to add 1 level teaspoon to every 40 gallons of water which I have about 40 gallons total to raise the PH by 0.1 PH units. I added 2 level teaspoons to raise it by 0.2 units. On the label it says that if my water turns cloudy and stays this way for more than 15 minutes that my tank water is not Ionically Balanced. What does this mean and what should I do about this. It says to restore Ionic balance do a water change or adjust the magnesium and calcium levels to 3:1 Mg:Ca. The other problem I have is that I have really high calcium and have not been able to get it down. My alkalinity was perfect though the LFS said. I am having problems with pest algae and need to know what is the best way to get my water back to the way it is supposed to be. Water changes, supplements, what?


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I am not exactly sure, but I think the cloudyness is due to your overabundent Ca precipitating out of solution.

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Old 04-05-2004, 11:21 PM   #3
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What salt are you using, and how did your CA get so high? As for your ALK...perfect is a relative term. If it is not ionicly ballanced with your CA it is not perfect

Most of the time the easiest and safest way to correct an imbalance is a series of water changes.

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Old 04-05-2004, 11:42 PM   #4
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I use coralife salt mix, I was thinking of switching over to oceanic though
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What are your actual test results for pH, Ca, and alk? I too would do water changes to correct a major imbalance. Also test your makeup water to be sure its not just adding to the problem. Get the chemistry close with water changes and then use product to adjust/maintain as necessary all the while testing, testing, testing...
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