I wish I could get to 8.4 and be balanced. Make sure that your using a good test kit for PH
, most PH
kits (all I have used aside from salifert) have a huge margin of error which typically favors the high end. I have used a red sea and a marineland that both said my tank was 8.3 while my pinpoint meter showed 7.80. My general understanding is that most of us have a PH
much closer to 7.8 although our test kits are telling us we are in an "ideal" range of 8.2-8.4. I have tested my PH
monitor vs. salifert many times and its always dead on. I have even tested the coralife calibration solution (which is not even quality rated) and the coralife solution was so out of whack that calibrating to it made my true 7.8 read an 8.35. I guess my point is that its hard enough to chase PH
readings without all the other variables involved. Make sure your using a good test kit before you start trying to adjust PH
. The best bet for monitoring PH
is to spend the 90 bucks for a pinpoint monitor and calibrate with their fluid (2nd highest quality rating for calibration fluid) You might be suprised at what you find. I would take liquid dye readings with the same confidence you take from a cheap swing arm salinity meter.
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-30G LTAnemonarium with mated porcelain crabs, 10 sexy shrimp, and 2 pink skunks all tied into the other 135G in my system.