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Old 03-19-2013, 09:35 PM   #11
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I did a 70% WC and got the pH stabilized around 7.0 again.

I'm dosing ammo to 2ppm now. Should I continue dosing to 2ppm until I can turnover the 2ppm into 0 within 24hrs? any remaining nitrates have been removed by the PWC, so I'm curious about how to best proceed.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:12 PM   #12
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Good job with the water change! Let's see how things progress. If you notice your ph starting to drop again, you may need to add some crushed coral or aragonite in small mesh bag or piece of clean pantyhose to your filter housing to help buffer your water and keep things stable.

Using your hand to temp match is fine! As long as your rinsing the test tubes well after testing, no worries about chemical transfer into your tank. If your a bit worried, just use a 5ml syringe and dedicate it to testing purposes only for removing water from tank to fill the tubes. Makes it bit more precise, too, vs dumping and refilling.
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Good job with the water change! Let's see how things progress. If you notice your ph starting to drop again, you may need to add some crushed coral or aragonite in small mesh bag or piece of clean pantyhose to your filter housing to help buffer your water and keep things stable.

Using your hand to temp match is fine! As long as your rinsing the test tubes well after testing, no worries about chemical transfer into your tank. If your a bit worried, just use a 5ml syringe and dedicate it to testing purposes only for removing water from tank to fill the tubes. Makes it bit more precise, too, vs dumping and refilling.
Thanks for the response. Is the API pH UP additive recommended, or should I stick with the CC/aragonite method. my pH has dropped again from 7.0 to 6.5 in 24hrs. not happy about that after that big WC.

I work at a hospital and brought home some syringes yesterday for exactly what you mentioned. Much easier for sure.

any suggestions for how to proceed with the cycle?
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:26 AM   #14
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Have you added any cc or aragonite yet? The ph chemicals tend to have a very temporary (if any) effect and can result in drastic swings up and down. The cc/aragonite provides lasting stability is most cases though there are some exceptions.
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