04-15-2011, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by amberjade
Use some crushed coral in your filter and add some bicarbonate soda and Epsom salt (1 teaspoon of bicarbonate and 1 tablespoon Epsom salt per 10 gallons). That is a much better, as well as cheaper, way to do it. Don't forget to replace the bicarbonate and Epsom at water changes. I usually change out 15 gallons a week and put a teaspoon of that mix in the fresh water - keeps it nice and stable I've found.
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I can't find any coral anywhere but I have the other two. I went to the pet store and they had some API Proper PH 8.2, it said to put one scoop per 10g. So I did and my readings are still a little low for my taste. (I was hoping for the 8.2 ish pH)
My current readings are:
While the pH is better than it was before the buffer hasn't raised it much maybe just by 1.0
Also, the water has become really cloudy and my *gritted teeth* husband put one of the new caves in the tank before washing it (which really angered me) and it turned the water a funky color. Is this bad? If so, help.