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Old 02-07-2012, 08:14 PM   #1
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Ph/alkalinity buffer

Will starting to add one to the tank now shock and kill my snails, crabs, and shrimp? My ph is only at 7.8
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:11 PM   #2
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Anybody? Anybody at all?
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My ph is a steady 7.8 to 8.0 at the end of the day. Everyone has told me no to mess with buffers and to just let it be.

Do you have good water agitation on the waters surface? That can help raise the ph. Also, are you running with lids on the tank?
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Okay. I have lots of surface agitation and no hood or lid
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It makes me worry with it so low in my tank, but if it's consistent that's a plus. One of the moderators said this to me "Don't chase the ph" and I have to agree.

Dosing stuff to raise the ph will just cause swings.
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Wouldn't it help the alkalinity though?
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I wondered about buffers as well because mine is at 8 normally and thought things would be better off at 8.3 but io sale mix with a ph buffer equals dkh around 12. I do.r like that
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Although my corals seem to brighten up since running my ph higher. Especially the chalices. I can't get it above 8 any other way thou
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Although my corals seem to brighten up since running my ph higher. Especially the chalices. I can't get it above 8 any other way thou

How often are you doing water changes? If you do a weekly change then the parameters like calcium, magnesium, alkalinity and ph will be fine.
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The tank is only a few weeks so I've only done one 60% at the end of the cycle to get rid of nitrate.
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