03-30-2010, 09:03 PM
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Lets see what info I can offer.
1) No, pH does not measure alkalinity. ph is the measure of acidity or basicity. Alkalinity is the measurement of a solutions ability to neutralize acids, in other words how well your water can maintain pH. Try to maintain an alkalinity of 8-12 dKH.
2) Regarding the sandbed, You will want to add your sand as soon as possible. The reason why is different life lives at different levels in the sand. If they have a chance to make their home and then you add more sand on top they will all be at a different depth causing die off which will leave to poor water quality
3) Mix your salt in room temperature water and add a powerhead to ensure that it mixes and dissolves properly
Last edited by n1zjd; 03-30-2010 at 09:08 PM..