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post #31 of 58 Old 03-06-2010, 09:37 PM
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Lets wait on the test results to decide on how big of a water change, if any. But 10% can't hurt.
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post #32 of 58 Old 03-07-2010, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Ok today's water results.
PH 8.4
ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate( less than 5ppm)
kh 8 (struggling to get this higher done a 11gal water change last week and buffering, it stayed the same)
ca2+ 440 (drops about 20mg/l every week, buffer with calcium 20ml)

Still Patches of algae on sand and l/r hope it clears with maturity.
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post #33 of 58 Old 03-07-2010, 06:13 PM
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By the way, it would help tremendously if you would create a signature for your posts, and have the tank size and current livestock listed in the signature. I always have to spend a couple of minutes reading this thread to remind me what the tank is and what the livestock is.

As to the water change, you need a water change to correct your alkalinity issue. If calcium is in the normal range and alkalinity is still low, AND the buffer alone is not correcting the problem, then a water change is needed. I would change 10% per day for 3 consecutive days if this was my tank. Then retest both alkalinity and calcium and add the appropriate buffer or calcium supplement.

By the way, i am not only telling you to do this, I am currently in the middle of this process with my 180. I am changing 10 gallons per day for 6 consecutive days. It happens and be fortunate that you have an alkalinity test kit to point out that the problem exists before it becomes a real problem.
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ok thanks i'll do that, I'll keep you up to date.
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Hi, I've done 3 10% water changes the last three days and my water stats are.

PH 8.4
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
Kh 8
Ca2+ 440

I added a alkalinity buffer will test again later today to see if it's moved. Any other things i should be doing to raise the alkalinity,

52Gal Bow Front Reef Build

45lbs of LiveRock + 16lbs live sand
2 x koralia nano's 240gal/per hr
1 x koralia 2 600gal/per hr
marisys filter
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1 hitchhiker clown (is still a baby dont know what he will turn out to be
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. Any other things i should be doing to raise the alkalinity,
So far so good. It is a slow process when using water changes to increase alkalinity. It is more the ratio we are looking to move, as opposed to the actual test result. You are getting closer. I'd give it 24 hours after adding the buffer and then retest. Lets see where those results put it.
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post #37 of 58 Old 03-11-2010, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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thanks pasfur i'll check in 24hrs and post the results. I got some powder buffer off a friend to try if i doesnt move, incase the liquid buffer is just rubbish. we'll see what happens. fingers crossed

52Gal Bow Front Reef Build

45lbs of LiveRock + 16lbs live sand
2 x koralia nano's 240gal/per hr
1 x koralia 2 600gal/per hr
marisys filter
T5's
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2 Percula Clowns
1 hitchhiker clown (is still a baby dont know what he will turn out to be
1 sand sifting starfish
10 turbo snails
8 red legged hermit crabs
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thanks pasfur i'll check in 24hrs and post the results. I got some powder buffer off a friend to try if i doesnt move, incase the liquid buffer is just rubbish. we'll see what happens. fingers crossed
You're scaring me now. How about some actual product names? There is quite a bit of rubbish on the market today.
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post #39 of 58 Old 03-11-2010, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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sorry I've been using some liquid alkalinity buffer called ( reef carbonate alkalinity by seachem) which my lfs said was better for beginners, my friend gave me some (reef carbonate alkalinity powder by seachem) which has to be mixed first then added to the tank.

52Gal Bow Front Reef Build

45lbs of LiveRock + 16lbs live sand
2 x koralia nano's 240gal/per hr
1 x koralia 2 600gal/per hr
marisys filter
T5's
Live Stock-

2 Percula Clowns
1 hitchhiker clown (is still a baby dont know what he will turn out to be
1 sand sifting starfish
10 turbo snails
8 red legged hermit crabs
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post #40 of 58 Old 03-11-2010, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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firstly i bought my first coral today a leather finger coral nothing to exciting to the seasoned reef keeper but i liked it, after reading up on them seem easy to keep and will not be affected by my low Kh, got to start somewhere

After 24hrs the test results are still the same,

PH 8.4
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
Kh 8
Ca2+ 440

Tried adding a bit of the buffer, will retest in the morning and post results. I was doing some reading today and a cause of reducing alkalinity could be low magnesium should i be testing for this or is this above my level just now.

52Gal Bow Front Reef Build

45lbs of LiveRock + 16lbs live sand
2 x koralia nano's 240gal/per hr
1 x koralia 2 600gal/per hr
marisys filter
T5's
Live Stock-

2 Percula Clowns
1 hitchhiker clown (is still a baby dont know what he will turn out to be
1 sand sifting starfish
10 turbo snails
8 red legged hermit crabs
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