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I started dosing Kent Marine Nano A&B religiously the past week or so and noticed today my PH was quiet low. I had a reading of 7.69 at 5:00pm but is usually around 8-8.1 during the day. Can this cause this?

How can i boost my PH without screwing up my other parameters.

Parameters of now:
Calcium - 420
Alkilinty - 11dKH
Phosphate - 0ppm (no algae growing either)
Nitrate - 0ppm
Nitrite - 0ppm
Salinity - 1.0245

As you can see below, some of my corals dont look to great, like my green button coral :(

Also, can someone tell me what the white stuff is on my rock (its circled). Im pretty sure its the bases of mushrooms, there was alot there....and there still there just very small now :(

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To answer your question, the pH swings may be caused by CO2 buildup within the tank which is why RM suggested aerating the tank. You can determine if CO2 is the problem by aerating and testing the pH throughout the day (especially right before lights-on and right after lights-out) and comparing the results to what you get before aerating. If you're no longer experiencing that pH swing, then it was caused by CO2. However, this won't work if the CO2 is building up within the air because the purpose of aerating is to bring the water and air back into equilibrium; so if extra CO2 is in the water, aerating will strip the CO2 out, but if there's more CO2 in the air then in the water, aerating will bring CO2 into the tank and make the problem worse.

You may also want to read through this article.
 

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Thanks everyone!

Ill have to read that article tonight.

Should I be testing for any other parameters besides the ones I listed? My button polyp still doesnt look good :-(. Or, do corals go through cycles? This happened one other time where it looked near-dead but than came back even stronger.

Im gonna go cold turkey on dosing Kent Marine Nanon A&B to make sure that isnt the problem (even though all my parameters are the the same from starting the tank almost a year ago).

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MAG would be th eonly other test needed, but I really don't think you need to at thi point. Pretty much take care of the PH and see where it goes.
Can Do! I'm gonna pick up some ph buffer tomorrow and to a water change hopefully.

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Update

Monday Night:

I added Seachems Reef Builder per instructions. PH rose from 7.67 to 8.00 and held for the night. I also measure alkalinity that rose from 11dkh to 13dkh ( sorta expected that). I then added Kent Marines Nano A&B in the hopes to maintain those parameters.

Tuesday Night:

PH- 7.70
Alkalinity- 14 to 15dkh

Wednesday:

So im planning a water change today. I also shut off my Two little Fishies Phosban Reactor be because I noticed the NPX media began to cake up.

Il update this again, but any new suggestions?

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Ywa, point a powehead directly at the surface. I want to see what that does for you, before adding all the additives.
Question for you, are you running a skimmer?
 

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Ywa, point a powehead directly at the surface. I want to see what that does for you, before adding all the additives.
Question for you, are you running a skimmer?
I had the duckbill outlet pointed straight at my waters surface while the PH was low. I can point powerhead at surface since its an mp10.

I upgrade the stock pump (245gph) with a Rio 6HF (350gph) and am now running the hydor flo at the outlet. This was all installed sunday before the buffer was added.

I have the Hydor Slim Skim Nano. Just turned it back on. Had it off for 36hrs (from sunday) while I epoxyed some rocks. Can epoxy have any effect? (aquastik)

I opened up all the windows in the room and uncovered the tank. Odd weather here in Chicago.

PH is currently 7.94 :lol:
Ill have to measure Alkalinity again.

THE PICTURE IS A TIME LINE FOR PH:
 

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That just sucks. Ya got everything right as far as I see. I've not heard of any complaints abiut epoxy lowering the PH, for a long periid of time. Do you have a lid on the tank?
Alsol are yiu running a skimmer? This aerates the hell out of the water.
 

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Yes, the skimmer is the Hydor Slim Skim Nano. It was off for 36hrs because if epoxy. Just turned it back on a couple of hours ago.

The tank is covered. Furry cat and lost a clown (jumper).

I'll do what you recommended and not dose anything. But I'll still do my water change. Salt is mixing now.
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Water change is fine. But....I'd remove the lid. Just my 2 cents, but your not allowing the proper gas exchange with the lid on. Other than the above, dosing Kalwk, I don't k ow how else to do it personally.
 

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Water change is fine. But....I'd remove the lid. Just my 2 cents, but your not allowing the proper gas exchange with the lid on. Other than the above, dosing Kalwk, I don't k ow how else to do it personally.
:notworthy:Your two cents are the words of GODS:notworthy:

I did my water change, clean all phosphate reactor, skimmer, and replaced all filter media. PH rose to 8.10 by the time the lights went out.

It was a slow climb but it made it to its normal operating readout.

Ill post all parameters again tomorrow.

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I love this stuff! Honestly I use these two only for all my tanks, even the larger ones. I started using these two years ago and haven't had any issues with any of my tanks. Everything you need is in the two bottles, however I do not dose daily on any of my tanks. Unless you are having specific issues I dose every other or every 3 days.

I like it since it is all premeasured and it simplifies the guess work for your tank. and as you mentioned, the number of bottles laying around are cut down.

As with everything, you still want to test your water to ensure your corals are not using up more than you are adding. I personally have not had any water quality issues just using A&B.
 

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I love this stuff! Honestly I use these two only for all my tanks, even the larger ones. I started using these two years ago and haven't had any issues with any of my tanks. Everything you need is in the two bottles, however I do not dose daily on any of my tanks. Unless you are having specific issues I dose every other or every 3 days.

I like it since it is all premeasured and it simplifies the guess work for your tank. and as you mentioned, the number of bottles laying around are cut down.

As with everything, you still want to test your water to ensure your corals are not using up more than you are adding. I personally have not had any water quality issues just using A&B.
Yea, every 3 days is probably what I'll do. It's a great product and never had a documented problem with it.

Ill post my parameters tomorrow.

:frustrated:Between work all day, school at night, and car trouble after all that....i barely had time to feed them:frustrated:

However, my PH was 8.10 again before I turned the lights off.
 

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Golden!

Well, as the title say....I think were GOLDEN!

Parameters:
Nitrate- 0
Nitrite- 0
Phosphate- 0
Alkalinity- 11
Calcium- 440
PH- 8.13
Salinity- 1.0245

:thankyou:Thanks for all the advice everyone:thankyou:

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