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Old 12-30-2011, 10:12 PM   #11
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See i was dosing Kalk in with my ATO water and i lost two SPS corals. :-( So I stopped the kalk. My alkalinity is always on the low side too. I am waiting for tuesday when BRS delivers my jugs and measuring stuff for dosing 2 part.

My Ph peaked at 8.02 today and since lights are out I figure it will be dropping again.

So should I be worried with a range of 7.8 to 8.0 or so? I kinda figured the stability would be of more concern than adjusting all the time to get to the 8.3.
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See i was dosing Kalk in with my ATO water and i lost two SPS corals. :-( So I stopped the kalk. My alkalinity is always on the low side too. I am waiting for tuesday when BRS delivers my jugs and measuring stuff for dosing 2 part.

My Ph peaked at 8.02 today and since lights are out I figure it will be dropping again.

So should I be worried with a range of 7.8 to 8.0 or so? I kinda figured the stability would be of more concern than adjusting all the time to get to the 8.3.
Yes, the stability is the key. In the open ocean, a lot more can be tolerated than in a closed system where everything is artificial, even the water. Get your KH worked up slowly, a two part solution works pretty well. I don't know how you lost SPS with Kalk unless you hit the tank with too much. Kalk is more about calcium than alkalinity. But it does raise PH as it runs about a PH of 10-12. I don't think chasing the PH makes much sense at this point until KH is higher. Just do it all slowly.
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