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Old 05-03-2011, 05:55 AM   #41
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I had a Calcium and Alk two part buffer already but my Calcium levels are fine, so I've bought some of the pH up stuff you gave me the link for, thanks guys
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:01 AM   #42
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I had a Calcium and Alk two part buffer already but my Calcium levels are fine, so I've bought some of the pH up stuff you gave me the link for, thanks guys
My calcium AND Alk levels are fine and my pH is still low I mean! I also have some Kalk and I cooked some baking soda, so additive wise I think I'm fully covered? I'm not worried about magnesium or strontium just yet, as i currently have no corals in my tank (I only have 1snail :C )
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:09 PM   #43
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I might have missed it but have you checked the pH of your RO water and then the pH of your newly mixed salt water after it has had 24 hrs to sit? What I am wondering is if your main water is more acidic than it should be?

Another question: what type of substrate do you have in there? sorry if you listed it already I just didnt see it. Perhaps your substrate is buffering to 7.5?
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oops,

didnt mean to double post
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pH of RO and salt mix are both fine, I'm using aragonite sand,1-2 mill, so slightly grainier than sugar grade,

Does drift wood affect pH? I have had a tropical tank for years with a piece if drift wood in, and I thought it could be a haven for nitrogen cycle bacteria so I placed it in my sump, I don't know why I didn't think of it before, I guess I just assumed it couldn't be the problem, after all it's just lignin, I highly doubt there is any part of it left which can rot any more!
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How big is the piece of driftwood, because, yes that may be a contributer. I use driftwood in my FW as a means to lower my ph to 6.8 without having to go the peat route.
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The piece of drift would wouldn't have any beneficial SW bacteria since it had FW bacteria on it
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I think I might remove the driftwood and replace it with something else inert.
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I am betting that removing it will help. you can use live rock rubble in the sump.
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The piece of drift would wouldn't have any beneficial SW bacteria since it had FW bacteria on it
Well surely they die in salt water, and are replaced by salt water inhabitants?
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