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Old 09-13-2011, 09:16 PM   #151
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No bleaching yet, but I'm, getting new REAL bulbs friday so I will be in the same boat, wondering if ti's too much. lol I plan on putting my top mounted corals a bit lower in the tank so I can light acclimate them to the newer more powerful bulbs.
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:19 PM   #152
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what is coral bleaching? just as it sounds? or just not able to see their colors?
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:26 PM   #153
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I had a brain coral that got bleached out and died. It literally will bleach. That was my first saltwater fail. Theres been a few since then, but thankfully not due to bleaching.
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:34 PM   #154
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wonder if i would have problems with the eel. if i did left the middle open.

do you like how your tank looks?

i get that the pictures dont do the tank justice because my pictures dont really look like my tank. i remember you saying that you didnt want 80's porn blue. did you avoid that with this setup?
i'm hardly ever on my comb since ipad and iphone, but due to homework I have AA running in the background on my comp

dont know about eels, but I doubt he would have enough stability to get out this way. It is usualy easier for them along the wall

as for how it looks: yes, I do like it. Just cant say anything definite without seeing corals in it. dont know what this combo will do to color
and it is SUPER bright here at home

BTW: SUPER EMERGENCY
I randomly checked my pH and it showed 7.4
OMFG!!!! what I do what I do what I do what I do?!?!?!?!
I added some pH increaser stuff, hope thatll fix it. Dunno about Ca and alkalinity yet, will test once that pH increaser settled
Goes I will have to do water changes too (tomorrow)
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I didnt check it in a week and now this
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No bleaching yet, but I'm, getting new REAL bulbs friday so I will be in the same boat, wondering if ti's too much. lol I plan on putting my top mounted corals a bit lower in the tank so I can light acclimate them to the newer more powerful bulbs.
definetly will add my corals on ground level first and slowly raise them up once they got used to the light and look happy

there is also ALOT of light reflection from the sand and the white stones

BTW I got the pH back up to 8.2
Ca is 400 but now my alkalinity is through the roof (14-15 )
LOL, guess I gotta do a water change no matter what

any other suggestions towards lowering dKH?
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how did you raise your pH?
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I used API pH 8.2 which is a buffer to increase pH
It also increases alkalinity, thats why I tested Ca and dKH to check.
Of course I did not get disappointed by the results
fixing it by adding Ca as that may lower dKH

Chemistry And The Aquarium: Solving Calcium And Alkalinity Problems — Advanced Aquarist's Online Magazine
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pH issues
if anybody knows anything, here is a post I started
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So do you have a hood? Point ph at the top. Water movement at the top will increase ph. Also, be careful adding stuff. What all are you doing? I would calm down and and have someone else test the ph. 7.4 is low. But 7.9 is do able. Its stability that's important. First, I would point ph at top of water. That will help.
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So do you have a hood? Point ph at the top. Water movement at the top will increase ph. Also, be careful adding stuff. What all are you doing? I would calm down and and have someone else test the ph. 7.4 is low. But 7.9 is do able. Its stability that's important. First, I would point ph at top of water. That will help.
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No, I don't have a hood and the powerheads were already pointed up with water agitation. I pointed them up more just in case though.
I know i panicked but the pH of 7.4 just freaked me out. And then it dropped by 0.4 over night. That's scary LOL

Thank you for your response! Will recheck again tomorrow and post results
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