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Old 09-24-2012, 09:08 PM   #21
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You won't get an accurate pH reading after bottling a sample of water from your tank and transporting it to your LFS. Once you take the water out of the system, the oxygenation ends and the pH will gradually drop.

Do you know what the salinity was of the water that was in the bag when you bought the fish compared to the salinity of the water in your system? The bigger the difference in salinity, the longer you need to acclimate the fish to your water by slowing adding your water to the water in the bag with the fish.
I dont but I use their water they mix (its a mom and pop store) its probably close. Im planning on buying a refractometer. No more surprises.
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Ive added a buffer and will be doing so every day till it goes up to at least 8.2
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When I went to the store he used a refractometer and it came in fine at 026.
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Ive added a buffer and will be doing so every day till it goes up to at least 8.2
Just keep in mind all pH buffers also add to the alkalinity levels. Be careful not to push your alk too high.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:00 PM   #25
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Just keep in mind all pH buffers also add to the alkalinity levels. Be careful not to push your alk too high.
Should I just leave it alone, honestly do you think 7.8-8.0 is too low for marine fish?
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Depending on your evaporation, you might just be able to top off with saltwater to bring it back up slowly.
This is what I would do also.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:20 PM   #27
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This is what I would do also.
Unfortunately my salinity was ok. The hydrometer was way off. I took a sample to the store and he told me it was ok at 026.
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