I'm new at this and my tank has only been up for 4 weeks. I thought it had completed it's cycle, but now I'm not sure. the KH
test confuses me since the liquid does not change color I'm assuming that means the Hardness is greater than 16. The pH is also very high around 8.8 and I have not added anything to make it that way. The only additive I've used is 1 tsp of essential elements (Kent Marine brand).
I have a 55 gal
tank with live sand and 57# of live rock, 4 damsels , a protien skimmer, 10 gal
refugium/sump, and have been buying RO
water from the pet store. The lights had a preset timer and inclue 700+, 420/460, and LED
bulbs. I would like to add soft coral, anamone, and a maroon clown. The water test show: specific gravity 1.023, KH
1260, Si 0, I2 0, Cu 0.1, Nitrite 5, Nitrate 7, Amonia 0.5, pH 8.8, and the water temperature is 77.9'.
The Amonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate were 0 for 3 days and now they are high again - I'm guessing I can correct this with a partial water change or two. The pH and Hardness concern me; I don't know what to do to lower those. Does anyone have a suggestion? What do I do next?