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Old 03-01-2014, 06:25 PM   #1
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Using pickling lime to raise alk

I'm needing some advice on this. Thanks for any info
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:40 PM   #2
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What is your alkalinity currently at? How often do you do water changes?
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My alk is at 7.01(Hannah). I do a 25 gallon water change once a week on my 150. I use reef crystals. I was wanting to raise my ph also. It varies from 7.87-8.1 from morning to night
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I'd like my alk to be close to 9.
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:28 PM   #5
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Well first off, the ph isnt that bad. It can be higher if you have good surface agitation, I use powerheads pointed at the surface of the water. Also going topless can hlep raise the ph. But if you have those things already i still wouldnt stress the ph, mine used to run from 7.8 to about 8.0. Stability is way more important than a few points.

As for the alkalinity, you can use soda ash, I get mine from BRS and it will raise the alkalinity safely. A few lbs cost me a couple bucks.
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Is the soda ash the same as baking baking soda
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I think, not totally sure, but I believe you heat the baking soda up in the oven and it works the same. Me, I'm kinda lazy and just got the soda ash. lol
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Lol yea I try to be lazy myself. I've just been getting a lot of SPS here lately and I'm just being very diligent with my tank. I am seeing great growth though
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If you have a good amount of coral, it is eating up the elements faster than you can change the water. You can always up the water change schedule, change salts or start dosing. How is your calcium and magnesium?
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My calcium is 480(API) and my mag is 1425(salifert). I'm working on getting a better test kit for calcium
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