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Old 07-24-2014, 11:50 PM   #31
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I never stopped dosing 35ml every 12 hrs. I know, why is my KH staying the same? I actually tested twice because I was in doubt, but it's KH is 7.7 in both readings.
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:55 PM   #32
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Okay. Just make sure your mag is still at least 1300. Increase Part 1 to 40 mL while cal at 20 mL. Test should be done the following day.
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I just wanna make sure that your water sample for KH using Salifert test kit is 4 mL right?
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Ok I'll adjust my doser this midnight to dose 40 ml of kh.

And yes I'm using 4 ml water to test KH using salifert.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:18 AM   #35
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2 days ago i Started to add calc 20 cc every 12 hrs and increase kh to 40cc every 12 hrs.

Current readings are ph-8.1, kh 7.7, calc-430, mag 1400.. KH should be going up, isnt?
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I would keep up the same amount of Part 1 and reduce Part 2 to 10 mL. If calcium tends to drop down make it 15 mL. The kH should start to go up a bit. If it does not, I would leave it that way. The reason behind why kH stays on 7.7 is whenever you dose calcium the effect is to pull it down. That is the "balancing act" you are seeing.
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I would want to keep the KH around 9dkh but then the calcium would go down.
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It is really not necessary to have a 9 dKH if your tank doesn't want it. There is a big risk of crashing your tank if you force it. There are lots of experienced reef keepers maintaining their alk at 7.0. As long as your corals are doing great and your calcium is good, you need not worry about it.

Edit: Consuming an 80 mL daily of Part 1 seems too much for an 80 gal tank. My 60 gal only consumes about 30 ml daily.
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May be you need to try another product to raise your alk. I use pure baking soda (armor) with a ratio of about 1/2 tbs to a gallon of ro/di in my ato. From there you can increase or decrease the amount. It is cheaper than the 2 parts.
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Once my KH runs out I will definitely try using baking soda. It's getting too expensive to buy gallons of part 1 and part 2 bionic now especially it's not staying at the levels where I want it to be.. hmm which one is pure baking soda?
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