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Old 05-09-2003, 01:14 PM   #71
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Thanks for the input Billy, but... you didn't answer the questions...

Plus, I already ordered the fish to arrive next Thursday.
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My PH teters around 8.1-8.15, moreso on the lower end. Is this too low? And how can I keep the PH up other than adding buffer daily? (It seems I add the buffer and within a few hours, it's back down)
Are you testing during the day or first thing in the morning when the lights are off? The best time to check the ph and see if it needs adjusting, is in the morning before lights on. You will prolly find it ok...During the day as the lights are on, the PH tends to drop a bit...This is normal...

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I had the water tested for Nitrate - .25 was the result. Will this come down on its own with LR? Do I need to do big water changes? or add chemicals?
If you mean NITRATES, then you are fine at .25, I haven't seen a test kit that went that low, but if it is, that is almost non existent. If it is NITRITES, then the tank is still in somewhat of a cycle. This will go down to 0.

If you meant NITRATES, the only way to get it down, is through skimming, waterchanges, DSB+LR, Refugium with Algae, etc,,, Water changes will reduce but not eliminate. Also, feeding once a day tends to keep the levels down....
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I test in the morning and at night and have a Pinpoint PH Monitor.

Maybe it's 25 and not 25 tenths... but NITRATE definitely. There is no more ammonia or NITRITE in the tank...

I feed once a day.... I was thinking of doing the water changes... I have LR and a DSB....as well as an active skimmer... I guess the tank is just stabilizing...

Are nitrates also lowered by bacteria such as Ammonia and nitrites are?
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Are nitrates also lowered by bacteria such as Ammonia and nitrites are?
Yes, however, not near as much present in the tank. That is why a plenum system with a dead water space harbors this bacteria and reduces nitrates.. The bacteria that uses up the nitrates lives in oxygen depleted water. The amount of this bacteria that lives in the LR and just the sand without the dead water space, is minimal. This is one of the reasons that water changes are so important. With the use of DSB and LR, it will help keep the nitrates down but not eliminate it...
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Back to the PH - is 8.10 too low?
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Does anyone use CHEMI-PUR in their sump? My county water has metals and possibly phosphate - according to there tests, no copper...

CHEMI PUR claims it removes phosphate, heavy metals, copper, and other toxins...my PUR water filter, I fear, is not enough and I'd rather prevent the problem before it materializes.
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a good ro with a di would probably be worth looking into try ebay or www.purewaterplanet.com not as expensive as you may think.
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Price is less of a concern than Space. I'm in an apartment and I don't want this to take over my living space.
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Back to the PH - is 8.10 too low?
My tanks PH is 8.4 in the morning. I read tht the PH of a saltwater tank shoud be in the range of 7.8 to 8.4 with between 8.0 and 8.4 being the standard...
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The RO/DI units are not that big. I have the Typhoon III from airwaterice and it's 22" long and 6" wide. Most of the units are meant to go under the kitchen sink. I just hook mine up to the faucet when needed and take it down when done
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The deals on e-bay right now are pretty good.

He's on ebay and has the 75gpd unit for $149.00
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=20756

Others are even less.
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