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Old 02-09-2005, 06:13 PM   #1
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Alkalinity?

What would be a good range for alkalinity? Plus I was wondering if low alkalinity would cause a fish to scratch? I know it might be ich, but the lfs told me that that might be the reason he is scratching. TIA
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Old 02-09-2005, 08:36 PM   #2
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~11 dKH is the number you should shoot for.
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I keep my tank at 1.023 or as close to that as possible a good range is anywhere between 1.020 and 1.024 is pretty safe. The pet stores run their's a little lower probably to save on salt. As for the ich I can't help you there I don't really know too much about it.
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Old 02-09-2005, 09:01 PM   #4
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high 9 to 11 is good......
IMO the LFS has no idea what he is talking about. In my FOWLR I dont use any thing to bring up the alk or cal and they stay low and all fish are fine. Never heard of low alk causing them to scratch.
That LFS either has no idea what there doing or he is telling you a lie so his live stock seems fine.
Time to find a new LFS... good luck..

Joemama aaahhh Dude your talking SG/Salinity something totally different.
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Old 02-09-2005, 10:04 PM   #5
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My alk was below 8. Now its close to 9. He told me that the low ph and alk would cause him stress and that might cause him to scratch.. I know it does not sound right, but I wanted to beleive him cause I dont want ich...lol
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could be velvet or other parasites also. Doesn't have to be the dreaded "I" word.
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I would be more worried about Velvet than ich, thats what by Blue Tang started doing, scratching and no signs of a parasite but BAM, it hit like a ton of bricks and my fish started dropping like flies, Keep an eye on him and you may want to get ready to set up a qt tank if he is scratching pretty often, not saying that this is whats you have but it's a possibility, If he's scratching it's for a reason and it more than likely isnt good.
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I will keep an eye out for that...Thanks
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I dont think its velvet. He is not breathing hard and I dont see any gold spots. He does not scratch often
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What is a good way to keep the alk up?
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