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Old 01-13-2008, 04:46 PM   #11
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7.4 is pretty low, 7.8 I would not worry about but 7.4 is a different story. I wouldnt dose anything but I would do a 30 to 40 percent water change to get it back up. It may not really be as low as 7.4 since you tested early in the morning - it may be back up to 7.8 or so after the lights have been on.
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:59 PM   #12
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Thats a good point, it was morning. However, I don't really give that tank much light except for sunlight and sometimes a small little LED desk light which I put on the glass.
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Are you using the saltwater color card, or the freshwater color card? I found it really difficult to determine the pH because with a SG of 1.009, it's not really salt water like the test kit is calibrated for, and it not really freshwater. I found the colors to be closer to the freshwater colors. Kinda have to do some creative color matching between the two cards. Same went for ammonia.
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Good point. I was using the fresh and salt card for the ammonia, but I couldn't find the fresh for the PH. I'm definitely going to look harder to find it now.
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I found the card. On the freshwater card it looks closer to 8.0. I feel much better about that.
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Good deal! I know that was a little surprise for me when I did hypo and checked the pH. First thought was "Wow... never seen THAT color before!"
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Old 01-15-2008, 01:06 AM   #17
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Thats exactly what I am experiencing, whole new colors not on either chart. But yellowish on the card is 7.4 for both salt and fresh redish color. So i think I'm in the clear.
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