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Old 09-26-2010, 04:11 PM   #11
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Your pH will vary depending on what time of the day you test it and how long you leave your lights on for etc. I would imagine it will regulate somewhat throughout the day.

Did you let the water mix for 24hrs previous to the PWC?
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Old 09-26-2010, 04:17 PM   #12
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Yes, I have to get the ph up before I can think about changing water as it is
well water and I have a countertop RO unit. I use target ease to get the ph up
and a powerhead in the 5 gallon buckets blowing it around, so I have it mixed
almost a week ahead. I start on Sunday after the Sat. water change getting my
next water ready. I wonder if the ph is too high. He hasn't shown his polyps but
one time, but he has just sat there and shed one time and now has a mixture of
shiny and dry areas on him. He is not happy with something. I wish he'd show off. He doesn't seem to be at deaths door though.
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Old 09-26-2010, 04:17 PM   #13
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Let us know what the PH is about an hour before the lights go out. Usually PWC`s will adjust your PH.
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I have timer on 1 until 9, is that enough light. It is in my son's room
and I hate to leave them on and keep him awake.
Should I start light earlier. Is Toady high enough in there?
I'll check ph around 8 for you.
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chili? good luck with that one. that's another coral that's better left in the ocean. that does get all of it's nutrients from the water column. most tanks don't have enough in the water to sustain them.
i would wait and see if the ph balances out on it's own. i wouldn't be adding anything at this point.
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The chili shrinks in the day and probably doubles at night now
but seems to sag. I have only seen it bloom one time and my
Angel worried it to death, but he doesn't anymore. I have had it
about 3 weeks and it hasn't croaked yet. We'll see how it goes.
I'll watch the ph, do you recommend ph down? Do you add calcium
for soft corals? Mine is at 320-40 now. Everybody seems happy though.
I'm gonna do a complete water, filter chg next weekend before we head out
on vacation and leave my mother in charge. hmmmmmm.
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i don't recommend ph down. i would wait and see what happens. it's the drastic ups and downs that causes losses.
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What do you think is drastic just for future reference.
drastic low? drastic high? Do you use reef trace or any
other supplements in your tank?
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i mean any drastic movements...like altering ph so it drops from 8.6 to 8.2 instantly.....drastic like that. i don't think you are crazy out of whack. no supplements besides bulk reef supply Ca, alk, and mag. (and these are only needed in the event of a heavily stocked sps reef)
weekly water changes do the rest.
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I agree. Never do a 100% PWC in SW. It`s too drastic and your parameters will change too radically. Just do some 15 to 20% PWC`s and you`ll be OK. Trace elements can be replenished simply by doing PWC`s. Supplements are not needed.
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