All I'm saying is everything depends on your test kit. In a saltwater setup you have to test or you will endup wasting time, money alnd aquadic life. This is not like FW
where ph is at or below 7.0. When the water becomes alkaline Ammonia goes rampid. In FW
ammonia is turned into ammonium which is far less deadly to fish and the like. Don't be like so many people that run to the LFS
and bring home fish that die in short order. A saltwater Aquarist is person you knows he has to test his water and not depend on anyone else. Isn''t that what you said in your opening statement...That you wanted more out of the hobby!