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Old 11-20-2004, 02:40 PM   #11
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Also if you have a glass top, leave it open for a while and see if that doesn't raise it. Power heads pointed towards the water surface can also help to improve gas exchange and also raise the PH.

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Old 11-21-2004, 02:44 AM   #12
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I tried your suggestion to check on the oxygen... I left it for about an hour and there was a subtle change in the color, but was still not really even up to 8 from 7.9. Of course, the water was then very cold so I'm not sure how that affects it either. OK, I'll work on my protein skimmer and see if it helps, along with my water changes.
Thanks for the input.

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You may want to test your freshly mixed SW for pH and alk. But more importantly, I'd look for another source of freshwater. You said earlier that your mixed SW tested .25 for phosphates, that will lead to algae problems down the road. It certainly wouldn't hurt anything to try another salt brand. I've had good results from Kent Sea salt, IO Reef Crystals and I've heartd good things about Tropic Marin salt.

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