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Old 12-11-2013, 01:33 PM   #41
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Wow, I didn't imagined I would go for a mini high tech aquarium like this... I'm at 1000$ with the skimmer on my 20gal... Very expensive hobby !

Does anybody know if it's ok if my KH is out of range with API test ?
Ph between 8 and 8.4. (Is it possible it vary depending light is on or off ?)

I removed the shrimp, the water smell bad. No ammonia, trites/ntrates ...
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:44 PM   #42
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The api tests are often inaccurate. I use red sea's reef test kit.

Is your kh high? Could be from your buffer.
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:51 PM   #43
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Yeah, I added a lot of buffer since the beginning to raise PH, it was always dropping at 8... If the PH is in good range, does it mean the KH is in range ?

RODI water + Fluval Sea Salt + Seachem Marine Buffer. I added nothing else (auto and heterotrophics bacterias with fish food)

I would like to ajust everything before I put fish in there, so I'll like to start on a good water parameters basis... I will say I added 100g of my 500g buffer bottle since the begining. I'm reading "out of range" with my API test.


I don't want my clownfish to die from high KH while acclimating
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:09 PM   #44
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High kh will make your calcium precipitate out of the water column. Agitate the surface with a powerhead, that will help you keep ph stable.
Buffer usually raises kh along with ph.
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Powerhead is already agitating water surface... I have a HOB filter 2, and I'll add HOB skimmer this afternoon. May a 20% WC be good before I introduce fish ?
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:23 PM   #46
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I'm not an expert by any means but I do not think high kh is harmful to fish. Hopefully someone else will come in and confirm or deny this. I would wait though until you have your ph stabilized. If your certain you are cycled then a pwc is ok to do. This will lower your kh a little. What is your reading?
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:26 PM   #47
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What is your reading?
Out of range (>13dKH°)

Anyway, if this don't hurt fishs, I'll wait minimum 1 month after I purchased 2 clowns before I put any corals...

I'll buy those fishs to somebody on kijiji (quebec auction like website), all fishs at the reef store have white spots... They seems to have community sump...
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:26 PM   #48
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Oh by the way, my ph is constantly around 8.0...

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Old 12-11-2013, 02:28 PM   #49
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Wooooah Really not bad !!!! How do you clean the rear glass ?
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:29 PM   #50
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Out of range (>13dKH°)
Water changes can't hurt if your cycled, if you're not cycled it will prolong how long it takes to fully establish the bb in your tank.
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