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Old 09-23-2009, 11:47 AM   #1
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huh? my ph is way up

My ph shot up to 7.8. Only things I did were added coraline stimulate yesterday. I added a handfull of cheatomorpha 2 days ago and I possibly stuck my hand in the tank after washing dishes. I added 5 gallons of ro water I got from the local water filter company. where I met a fellow aquarist and reassured me that the water there was fine. I checked the total dissolved solids and they were at 6ppm.
Another concern I have is I just added some mangrove about an hour ago that I picked myself from the local mangrove forest and put it in the overflow box. I kind of smelt that die off odor you get when curing LR so I hosed the roots with pressure hose water the patted dry them. Should I remove as to not start a cycle?
BTW my nitrates are high (40)to hence the cheato and mangrove just added.
Should I take action now and get some ph down? Or wait and see what happens. The last test I did was on the 15th of sept and everything was fine.
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Is this a FOWLR Tank? I though marine pH had to be @ 8.2?
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oops did I say shot up? I meant shot down but still outside the realm of acceptable. and yes FOWLR
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:11 PM   #4
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7.8 is still okay. Try and wait before adding anything. Mangroves take a long time before you will notice anything. How many gallons is your tank and how old is it? also how many fish do you have?
40 nitrate is high and you should do a PWC to bring that down. That will also help bring your PH up also..........
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What is your PH right before the lights go out in the evening?
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:37 PM   #6
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...Only things I did were added coraline stimulate yesterday. ...
What did you add, and how much?
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thincat: 55 gal., I have sailfin tang and a chromi. my tanks is about 6 months old and a good cuc. Also I let some nori on a clip on for about a day. you think that will so anything?

Melousu 58: Ill have to check tonight. As far as lights go I just got 4bulb fixture with 2 10k daylight and 2460 nm actinic hight output.

kurt nelson: I added coraline stimulate i drop per gal. so 55 drops.
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I haven't seen anyone mention this yet, so i guess i will.

A stable pH is better than one that may go from 7.x-8.x in a day or so. My pH still won't go over 7.9, but it stays at a constant now at 7.8. It's been like that for a while, and nothing in my tank is doing bad. Everything is healthy including the coral. However, i do remember someone saying that pointing a powerhead or two at the surface, or keeping the water surface moving a great deal, will help with the release of dissolved oxygen or something, and will raid the pH. Not sure if it was dissolved oxygen, but i know the powerhead thing has been stated before. Just tryin to give a few more ideas. :p
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Ill try it thank you.
When I do a water change is it necessary to get RO water that has 0 PPM of dissolved solids? Because mine was 7 ppm.
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Pointing a PH to the surface helps to release CO2 which helps raise PH. As far as your Nitrates, With that small of a bioload I can only see overfeeding to account for a high Nitrate level. Do good size PWC's and that should help reduce it.
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