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Old 07-09-2007, 03:36 PM   #11
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I dont mean add to the tank, I mean test for these.
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:33 PM   #12
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i do regular test such as nitrates and ammonia and salinity what else do you suggest i test fr in the reef tank?
I test for temp., SG, PH, Ca, Alk, Mg(occasionally), nitrate. Ammonia and nitrite are usually only present if something is out of whack, so I don't normally test for them unless something appears stressed. If your tank is newer, then an occasional ammo/trite testing is wise, to be sure everything is functioning/balanced.

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I have a calcium reactor on the tank as well.
Reactors use CO2, so it's important to monitor PH w/ them. I'm not very familiar w/ Ca reactors, but I would assume you will need to monitor Ca/Alk fairly closely to make sure your not adding too much or too little.?
FWIW, I'm not sure if you know or not, but very high Ca/Alk levels can cause precipitaion of carbonates, causing a "snow storm" in the tank and a loss of all or most of your Alk, along w/ other possible after effects.
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post your numbers... your good may be different then ours.. Its either lighting or water conditions..
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Old 07-09-2007, 11:11 PM   #14
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Nitrates are 0
Amonia 0
ph 12.01
ORP 375

i also have co2 on the tank as well
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Calcium, alkalinity? Whats ORP? pH 12.01?? Ph should be around 8.0-8.2
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WOW...that PH is way too high...what is your SP?
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what should i do to lower PH?
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Ph should be lowered very slowly. Livestock does not respond well to rapid changes in Ph. I would suggest doing a 5% water change every day until Ph reaches a normal limit. DO you know how it got so high?
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I have an aqua controller II on the tank it maybe reading wrong. Im goin to take a sample of my water to the LFS and get a test run. What test kit do you suggest for testing PH?
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salifert kits imo are the best ...
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