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Old 05-02-2005, 02:08 PM   #1
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Waters levels

OK....my tank has been up and running for about a month and I tested my levels and my Ph seems alittle low...I read it should about 8.2 right?

Not so sure I like my test kit cause it is hard to get a good accurate reading. I have the SeaChem Marine basic. Is there any brand that is better?
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SeaChem is a good test kit. What did your Ph read?
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just under 8.0....like around 7.8, will do another test tonight and post my levels
Im sure it is...and it seems easy to follow but I think it is easies to get a reading from a test tube type and colors on the side. The slide chart is hard to get a good fix on the level. hard to explain LOL

Im goin to take it to the LFS tomorrow and have them test just to see what they say.
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Confirm it with another test kit. If you are still cycling o need to worry too much about Ph. Do a water change to get your Ph back up. Any livestock right now?
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4 damsels and alot of stuf that came on the LR
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A low Ph will not harm the livestock as much as a rapid swing in Ph. Raise it slowly. Small (10%) water changes three or four days apart should be okay. Depending on your source water, you may need to add some extra Ph buffer to your prepared SW. Most often, regular water changes will do the trick.
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I did a water change recent....Sat, maybe thats the reason. I was only about 5 worth. I will watch it...thanks
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pH will be lower in the morning usually. I try not to test mine until the lights have been on 6 hours.
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