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Old 11-26-2006, 03:35 PM   #1
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My tank is 8 weeks old now and the ph fluctuates between a low of 7.6 to 8.1. A week ago I started to add Seachem Marine Buffer to help stabilize it. If I add daily it will stay around 8.1. Is this just part of a new tank setup
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It will depend on what time of day you test. Night, after lights out is lower than after lights on. Try to test at the same time every day. That sounds like a rather large swing, through the day. What kind of lid do you have?
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I keep the top completely open with my return line aimed toward the surface on one side and on the other side a Maxijet 1200 aimed at the return. I have quite a surface ripple.
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Are you testing at night, during the day, at the same time each day?
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I have a Pinpoint ph monitor that I check frequently. In the morning it is around 7.8 and the evening usually 8.02. Since using the buffer it is 8.0 in morning and 8.17 in the evening.
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I believe you will always have to add that chemical. What salt are you using?
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Iam using Instant Ocean Reef Crystals
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I just switched to that from IO, so I don't have a comparison, since I haven't mixed any of the RC yet. In other words, I am at a loss, other than better surface ripple (gas exchange), but it seems you have that covered. I used to have a lid, even with the "punch out" plastic punched out, I couldn't get a higher pH.
Do you actually have a lid or are your lights suspended over the tank. I know you answered with, "I keep the top completely open", but I'm not sure if that means no top or a cover with the "punch outs".
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Sorry, no lid at all. My light is about 8 inches above tank.
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another thing you might want to do is recalibrate your ph meter...
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