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Old 08-28-2012, 08:15 AM   #1
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Adding in my LR

My water has been pre-cycling for about 2weeks now, I've got the salinity right, and cloudiness has gone. I bought a ph inaction test, but when I opened it up the colour paler only went up to 7.6. So when I tested water it showed 7.6.. Do I have to add ph buffer before i add my LR? Or can I do this after I've added my LR (and substrate)?


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Old 08-28-2012, 09:35 AM   #2
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Saltwater ph will need to be tested in the high range since it should be about 8.2 so your current test is maxed and can't show any higher. When cycling a SW tank you wanna add all your LR and substrate in the beginning since the LR is your main source of bio filtration ( the reason you cycle the tank) so with out it you haven't accomplished anything yet other then correcting the salinity. I highly reccomend you get an api SW masterkit to test your parameters and a refractometer instead of a hydrometer since accuracy and stability are key in SW
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