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Old 12-29-2004, 11:41 PM   #11
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It happened to me too. Sometime i was "lazy" a bit or outstation for work the next thing algea pay me a visit and the pH just when of the chart. it was lots of hard work down the drain as i find the garden i spend so much time on just overcome by the algae.

Finally during last same incident, only god know why, i just drove to the lfs a brought the presurise system (withouth the pH monitoring of course )...

Btw my tank is 3 wpg.
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Old 01-05-2005, 12:14 AM   #12
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I finally got my test kits. My tank's pH is 8.1 (my tap is 8.4) and KH is somewhere between 2 and 3 dH (I think the KH titration kit wasn't a great purchase even if it was only $4).

I had started a fishless cycle ~12 days ago and expected I had a bit longer to go. However, thanks to my new test kit, my ammonia is reading about 0 (maybe a slight green tinge - say 0.05 ppm), nitrite is 0 and ammonia is ~30 ppm. So that might explain why my algae's been doing pretty well the last couple days.

So tomorrow I'm going to go get some Zebra Danios and some crushed coral to up the KH. I had a couple biggish coral rocks that I put in the tank. And then I'll set up my DIY CO2 soon after that.

My hope is that the coral will bring my KH up to around 5 dH and two 2L bottles of yeast can bring my pH down to 7. I'm going to stagger the two bottles a week, so hopefully the pH will drop slowly enough not to stress the fish.

Any additional tips? Thanks
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Old 01-05-2005, 12:59 AM   #13
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The adding of the coral might increase the pH, but it may be very little as your current pH is already quit high.

Refer to Greg's pH/kH chart, it will show the quantity of disolved Co2 better then any CO2 test kit.
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