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Old 08-16-2008, 01:02 AM   #11
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I tested my stored water, again about 8.8, I had it covered with a PH going. I'm guessing my problem may be not enough airation?
Not sure. Seems like a single PH in a storage tub should be fine. I assume you're getting a good surface ripple in the tub? Are you using tap/well water, or is this RO/DI.?

Are you using any additives at all like a 2-part ca/alk solution, or PurpleUp, or kalkwasser?
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Using tap ( I know! ) saving up for an RO/DI - and a must before I get corals ( which is a long ways away yet). I tested the source water before mixing the water several days ago ( I test it to make sure ammonia/nitrates etc arnt high..which thankfully everything has been ok - no problems w/ algae etc ) and it was about 7.8 - the range is quite vairable on my test kit, maybe the source of my supposed ' high' ph.. ( saltwater master test kit.. api I believe.. liquid)

It was defiantly a more purple color ( towards the 8.8 range on my test kit) than the water in my QT which registered @ 8.2. Very odd, Ill have to test it again today and see what it is at.\

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edit after getting home: PH in main is down to 8.2 again. Odd. I havent tested the stored water again, but extra airation ( or maybe went down on its own?) helped. Thanks for the info though!
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Ph normally increases over the course of the photoperiod, as photosynthesis turns CO2 into O2. Are you running a reverse photoperiod in your refugium?
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Running normal 11 hour photoperiod from about 10am-9pm. Issue for now seems to be resolved in the main aquarium. Yay!
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