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Old 03-23-2015, 10:45 PM   #1
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Hi I'm new to this forum. So I was wondering what would be a good ph level for a saltwater tank


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Old 03-23-2015, 11:48 PM   #2
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:25 AM   #3
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My tanks always are between 7.8 and 8.4 depending on which tank. AS long as it's in that range BUT STABLE you will be fine.
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Agree with Carey I test twice a week for ph and it never drops below 7.8 and I just add ph buffer to raise it to 8.3/4


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Buffering for ph is a trap 9/10 times. It will naturally fluctuate throughout the day. It is most likely fine as long as there is proper oxygenation of the tank with use of powerheads.
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I keep mine at 8.2. I used crushed coral and extra love rock to buffer my ph. It usually never goes down besides the small daily fluctuations

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I keep mine at 8.2. I used crushed coral and extra love rock to buffer my ph. It usually never goes down besides the small daily fluctuations

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Though important to have enough live rock and such in the tank to have enough area for the beneficial bacteria to grow, the concept of a buffer can be very misleading.
Will this stuff buffer ph? Yes.
The issue at hand is that for the ph to be buffered by things such as crushed coral it has to go down to unrealistic levels in saltwater. It is either 5 or 6, I don't remember exactly which it is off the top of my head this early in the am.
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If you have a refugium with lights that go on when the dt lights go off does this maintain a steady ph level?


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If the refugium light is opposite the DT's lights it will steady ph, yes.
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