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Old 04-18-2011, 11:45 PM   #21
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What is your temperature at? a lower temp means higher oxygen in the water, if you can try to lower it a bit and see if theres an improvement.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:43 AM   #22
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Well I went away for two weeks and disaster the tank leaked a little and my
Dads answer was to unplug everything, no water movement, heater, light, skimmer.... Anyway the pH was at 7 and I only have a snail left, pretty much everything else is dead, ...
Wow... that's bad news. I have to agree, if I was in your shoes I'd probably just drain it and start over.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:45 AM   #23
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It seems like you might have not been getting enough oxygen to the surface of the water? Did you have a glass lid covering your tank? When carbon dioxide and water mix, they form carbolic acid, and acids lower the pH. I would try lowering the temperature and going "hoodless" on your new tank
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:09 AM   #24
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The temperature is 25C, also how could low oxygen cause low pH, like Ryan says its CO2 which dissolves to form carbonic acid...

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I have a raised metal hood with my
Lights installed inside it, I doubt it can be restricting airflow too much, also my two power-heads are practically pointing straight up at the surface now to agitate it and increase gas exchange

The only thing left for me to suspect as the cause is my homemade live rock, however can anybody tell me how they can lower the pH when they are made with highly caustic high pH cement, and needed to be cured to bring the pH if the rocks Down!
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:44 AM   #25
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What is your KH? With that much die off That through off the ability to buffer your water. Kh goes down and the water brings the PH down. Sorry for your loss.
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:32 AM   #26
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I thought you had fish in the tank already, sorry. Fishes consume oxygen and releases co2, so if theres a high temperature, oxygen will dissolve less in the water thus increasing the ratio of co2 to oxygen in the water which might have lowered the pH.
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Old 04-19-2011, 04:31 PM   #27
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I suspect the ph test kit as well. Get a calibrated meter or liquid test kit when you start over. I also would be sure the rocks are not leeching something into the water. Be sure you are using good makeup water (I am sure you are already, but worth mentioning). As previously posted, the action of life will reduce PH by producing CO2 and good gas exchange will help with that. Did you mention you had plants? I use a algae turf scrubber timed to come on when the display tank light go off to counter PH swing caused by the day/night cycle. It has worked for 18 years and PH stays about 8.2.

Good luck with your rebuild. Tell dad to leave the power heads plugged in...
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I did some sums on the rebuild and calculated that i couldn't afford it

Ok so I did a large water change obv, (using high quality makeup water :P) and added kalkwasser to boost the KH calcium and pH, so now Calcium is above 500, KH is about 8 and pH is still about 7.7... If I add more buffer or Kalk I just get calcium snow in my tank however I need to to boost KH and pH still... What do I do?
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you can buy a Alk additive and a PH up.
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Might try a pH booster other than kalkwasser
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