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Old 02-12-2009, 11:13 PM   #51
 
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a 8.4 to 7.4 is a drastic drop. i feel alk at 7 isnt low enough to do this. in all honesty, im at a loss myself. if nothing mentioned already is going on, atleast at the moment i cant think of what else could possibly be the issue.
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Old 02-13-2009, 01:31 AM   #52
 
after my water change tonight my water clearity has made a huge improvment...this is just looking at it with the room lights on...ill wait till the am when the tank lights are supposed to turn on, but i can definatly see a big difference

experation date is 11/09 on the kit

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Old 02-13-2009, 06:03 AM   #53
 
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I agree with everything you guys have said in the thread over the last 12 hours. I am also very confused about this pH. I kid you not, i woke up in the middle of the night thinking about calcium. LOL

We need a calcium test result. It has become painfully obvious that we can't figure this out with only having partial information. If we can't get the pH up soon, I am going to reach out to others for additional help. I know if Austin was on this thread, he would be about to go crazy wanting a magnesium reading as well. At this point, i'm really wanting to know ph, alkalinity, calcium, magnesium, and phosphate.

For now, i would continue to do 5 gallon water changes daily until these readings get within the normal zone. In this hobby, when all else fails do water changes.
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Old 02-13-2009, 01:13 PM   #54
 
ok, i will go to my fish store and get a kit, its a hike but o well
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Old 02-13-2009, 01:18 PM   #55
 
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for a heads up, in this case your going to want Ca and Mag test kits as you've found they work together with alk and pH. in other cases i would double check information given, esp. from a fish store (as they usually tend to just look for a sale)

i must say, i applaud your will to take others advice for the benefit of your tank.
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:42 PM   #56
 
i got the live sand and the pumps, now 1200 gph in tank and almost 4 inches of sand...it came with a bag of lava rocks and a small bottle of water... i thought it was going to come with macroalgae and i would have added it to my skimmer becuase it has a place for media.....should i put the lava rocks in there? and whats the water for?
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:46 PM   #57
 
ph 7.8
nitrate 0
ammonia 0

water still cloudy but readings are getting better. still have not got a ca and mag kit, no time. shoulda orderd it online
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:23 PM   #58
 
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i got the live sand and the pumps, now 1200 gph in tank and almost 4 inches of sand...it came with a bag of lava rocks and a small bottle of water... i thought it was going to come with macroalgae and i would have added it to my skimmer becuase it has a place for media.....should i put the lava rocks in there? and whats the water for?
The water bottle is to help seed the live sand.

Glad to see the pH is at least at 7.8. Still waiting on calcium result before I am comfortable making any recommendations. I agree, you do not want to add a pH buffer. We will fix alkalinity and calcium together, which will fix pH the proper way.
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Old 03-09-2009, 02:47 AM   #59
 
ok well i think my tank is a little to small for 800 gph jets, it mixes the sand around and clouds the tank so i put my filter on and i just use the filter cartirdge when needed...iv got a calcium kit and 400gph jets in the mail... i added 20 more pounds of live rock to the tank and now that should be plenty...i got a mag kit and some additive while i was there...place is a rip off so i got only what i needed...my ph is still 7.8...am im still getting the brown covering on my bed. diatomes? how do you stop this bloom

mag-1270
ph-7.8
nitrite-0
amon-0
nitrate-2.0
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