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Old 01-25-2011, 10:24 AM   #1
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PH Balance

What is the recommended PH for Saltwater Tanks and the Alkalinity?
How do you keep it a constant?
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:27 AM   #2
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The generally accepted pH level in a basic saltwater system is between 7.6 and 8.4, but reef tanks are a more sensitive, and therefore need to be kept at the higher end of the pH scale, 8.0 to 8.4.
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Thanks mine is at 8.0 and has been there for sometime but the LFS where I take to get my water tested they said I need to do buffering to raise it up for 3-4 days. I am slowing getting corals in my tank to where it will be half and half, Corals-Fish-LR....
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the sand helps to keep the pH consistant
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Best time to measure your PH is right before you turn your lights out for the night. The ph of the tank will start out low (7.8-8.0) in the morning, but as the day goes on it will rise as the algae and other critters produce oxygen from the light. Only time I would say you need to worry is if your reading low at the end of the day. That means your not getting good gas exchange and may want to aim a powerhead at the surface to agitate it a bit.
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I usually have my testing done during the mid-day range 1pm sometimes later. Thanks I will start having my testing done late evening hours. I have my Hydor at the top of the tank pointing straight across the top of the water is that not correct?
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As long as you see the surface of the water rippling, your good.
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I don't know about rippling if it does it is a tiny bit... Will change the direction of the Hydor when I get home from work this evening....
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