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Old 05-18-2011, 02:15 AM   #1
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Reef aquarium ph

I am having some difficulty with the ph in my reef tank. My sump ph is 8.2 to 8.3. But my display ph is 7.4 to 7.5. I don't understand how they can be so different and why I can't get them to equal. Please help with suggestions.
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125 gal display
35 gal sump/refugium
Mag 12 return pump
Pc lights on 9 hours a day
Sump light on 15 hours opposite display
Had lights at 12 and 12 with same ph results.
100lbs lr
120lbs ls
Kh 9, ca 350,
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:35 PM   #2
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how about the amount of gas exchange in each tank? water movement and surface agitation effect the ph. i never thought it would effect it like you are explaining though, but maybe so.
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I have to think it's a testing error. If the pump is doing 900 gph (taking into account head loss) your sump is turning over aprox 30 (30g x 30=900g) times per hour. I think it's impossible for the pH to rise from 7.4 to 8.3 in the little amount of time it's actually in the sump. I think your getting a bad pH reading when your testing the tank. If it really was 7.4 I doubt anything would be alive.
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