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Old 05-03-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Whats the best Alkalinity level

Well as the title states I want to know what everyone keeps their alkalinity level at. I have been following a thread on dosing alk and am curious as to what level yields the best growth, color and stability. I know carbonate hardness has an effect on calcium levels so on that note what do you strive to maintain for calcium also? I have found my alk declining and have been on the prowl for a method of dosing. I am going to go with a 2 part dosing system once things level out but for now my calcium is high and alk low so I've been using baking soda. What is the best 2 part system? I know BRS has one available but the seachem system adds other trace elements. Then there is kent. I want experiences and details folks, likes and dislikes along with the why's. a quick google search can easily tell a person a range of what's acceptable but acceptable isn't acceptable. I want to know a balance to shoot for that will make everything happy, healthy and grow in the same manner. Fire away everybody!!!!!!!!!!!
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I'm not sure if there is a best answer to your question. I believe Alkalinity is just a summation of your chemical mixture of water. They call it a balancing act. There is an inverse effect and also direct effect between them. It is up to you how much level you want for each.
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check out this link it should explain what your asking

Reef Aquarium Water Parameters by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com
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check out this link it should explain what your asking

Reef Aquarium Water Parameters by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com
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I've read that article before. It just has a general guideline of what to keep things at. I assume so long as the parameters are within those guidelines a person should have a happy and healthy tank that sees steady growth.
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