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Old 06-21-2012, 05:20 PM   #11
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It is possible you overdosed but im highly betting on a bad test kit. API kits are notoriously inaccurate. 23 drops is absolutely off the charts and i cannot see it being that high at all. Look into getting a salifert alk test. Very accurate and reliable.

Smart move not accepting right away that 18 and 23 are not correct readings. Ph would most probably be much higher if it were.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:46 PM   #12
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Unless you have a tank full of corals that deplete your alkalinity I would stop messing with buffers.

I barely have to dose for it in my 125g and that tank is full of corals, like everywhere. lol

I use salifert tests for my calcium, alkalinity and magnesium. I find them very accurate and much easier to read and use than the API ones. I know they cost a bit more but it's for sure worth it in my opinion.
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I hope so! I don't know where to get a salifert test kit at
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:07 PM   #14
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Bulk Reef Supply carries Salifert kits.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:08 PM   #15
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So does Reef Cleaners| Clean up Crews and Macroalgae too.
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Do any of y'all have these kits? If you do, is there a certain range that the drops go to or does it just keep going on?
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I don't think there is an upper limit for measuring alkalinity, but rest assured it is impossible for your alk to be 18 dKH or higher. That is way past the supersaturation point in saltwater and your tank would look like milk from the precipitation of calcium and carbonates. Once alkalinity reaches about 14 dKH the water becomes very unstable and starts to precipitate.
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Haha yeah idk what's wrong with them! They said the highest it should be safely is 27! They said 23 drops is good! I didn't say the range should be 8-12 because I was only 95% sure
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