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Old 07-09-2004, 09:02 PM   #21
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It makes a big difference, ask anyone who doesnt use a carbonate based substrate/rock about pH problems.
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Old 07-09-2004, 09:16 PM   #22
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It makes a big difference, ask anyone who doesnt use a carbonate based substrate/rock about pH problems
Really? I know several who don't use LR at all and experience no problem...
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Old 07-09-2004, 09:22 PM   #23
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It doesnt have to be LR.. any carbonate based rock or cc/aragonite sand will go a long way to buffer pH.

But I don't see how if you have silica sand and non-carbonate rock you can possibly keep pH up for any length of time without adding buffer.
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But I don't see how if you have silica sand and non-carbonate rock you can possibly keep pH up for any length of time without adding buffer
Water changes do a lot of the work in a low Alk/Ca demanding tank (non reefs). Reefs, obviously, do require buffer to be added.
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I just remember someone who had all fake stuff in his tank and he couldn't keep his pH above 8.0 for more than 3 days after a water change. It gets expensive adding buffer everyday.. I'm so glad LR is readily available now, it's made such a big difference to this hobby.
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Oops.. sorry to hijack your thread, Mark!
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I'm so glad LR is readily available now, it's made such a big difference to this hobby.
No argument from me here. Its great!

FWIW, I agree that it is best to have a CaCO3 based system. All I was saying is that I have seen it done without. Obviously with success (as I have mentioned) and failures (as you have mentioned).
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So, should I put it in or not guys??
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Is it a solid chunk of stone or is it porous?
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