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Old 05-20-2011, 02:18 AM   #21
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I think carey has the same problem too. 0 nitrates without a clue how haha. I would love to have 0 nitrate.
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Old 05-22-2011, 05:01 AM   #22
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OK.

The pH was 8.2.. is now 8.0. I'm not going to worry about it that much unless it dips lower since you guys say fluctuation is normal.

However the dKH is between 8-9. It seems to be slowly dropping. It was 12 a couple of weeks ago when I had it tested at the pet store. After my PWC thursday it was 10. And now it's 8 or 9.

I understand this is in the acceptable range, I just don't know how to control alkalinity if it goes too low or too high.

Also, it seems the pH and dKH have a direct relationship.
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What are you using as your substrate?
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I know this may be late, but I'm having great results from the Seachem brand PH Buffer. My PH stayed around 7.8 to about 8.0 before i started using this product. Now 3 days into it, its steady at 8.2 ish.. I was cautious of using products but i cant risk losing any of these pricey fish.
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What are you using as your substrate?
Instant Ocean (or maybe Nature's Ocean?) white marine reef sand
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I know this may be late, but I'm having great results from the Seachem brand PH Buffer. My PH stayed around 7.8 to about 8.0 before i started using this product. Now 3 days into it, its steady at 8.2 ish.. I was cautious of using products but i cant risk losing any of these pricey fish.
Yeah, that's what I have.
Did you dose once or once a day or .. ?
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Have you tried using crushed coral?
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I've changed my substrate twice in 2 months lol.. not looking forward to changing it again. Plus I like the white sand. What would crushed coral do?
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Crushed coral is a natural buffer. I don't like to use any chemicals in my aquariums, and I was suggested to me that crushed coral will act as a natural buffer.
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Thanks.
Perhaps I'll put some in my sump when i get it up and running
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