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Old 07-14-2013, 11:17 PM   #1
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Raising ph?

My ph is 7.8 and I am looking into a easy way to keep it around 8.2-8.4. How can I go about raising it and keeping it at a higher point? I don't have any corals at this point, but that will change very soon. Would kalkwasser be the best way as of now?
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:21 PM   #2
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Is it a covered tank? Like with glass covers?
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Yeah right now it's a 29 biocube, but I keep the back hatch and the feeder door open all the time.

I hope to finish setting up my 125 this week. I have a 8" canopy but it has a open back. Is the semi closed top my problem?
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Yes it could be. Point your powerheads up to the surface of the water. Usually pH is a prob when the tank has a cover. And open up your windows too. Since its summer it we tend to use AC all day but the tank needs fresh air to breathe.
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:42 PM   #5
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I have the return pointed straight up at the surface, I always have.
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:51 AM   #6
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i have read many successful grown reefs with ph 7.8 and lower. There nog many but i have read about them. Stability of ph is more important.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:06 AM   #7
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Yeah? I haven't seen that, but that's interesting. I know I have low calc now in the biocube, alk and mag I'm not sure. Some of the empty shells in the tank are disintegrating, so without even testing I know I'm low. I'm not too worried about it because my 125 will be up this weekend so ill buy a few test kits and see exactly what's going on.

I'm just trying to figure out what I can do now if I need to start dosing something soon. I don't what to have any problems with the bigger tank.
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Alkalinity and PH are intertwined. You might have a low Alkalinity as well. This link may help. We call it the "balancing act"

Chemistry And The Aquarium: Solving Calcium And Alkalinity Problems — Advanced Aquarist | Aquarist Magazine and Blog
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My tank runs 7.8-8 when the house is closed up. Goes to 8.1-8.3 when the windows are open. The wild life doesn't seem to care as long as changes are gradual.
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My tank runs 7.8-8 when the house is closed up. Goes to 8.1-8.3 when the windows are open. The wild life doesn't seem to care as long as changes are gradual.
You must be consuming too much oxygen Greg lol
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