Alkalinity

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  1. Goldenoldie

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    How do I safely raise alkalinity? I’m currently dosing with Seachem Reef Builder as per instructions, but cannot seem to get dKH above 2.9.
     
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    Either your test kit is off. Or your calcium and magnesium are also way off.
     
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    Calcium currently at 415ppm, Magnesium 1500ppm
     
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    Sorry im batteling to understand. Is your alk at 2.9dKH?
     
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    Sorry, I’m probably confusing you, according to my Red Sea test kit, the reading is dkH 8 (or 2.9 Meq/L). I would like to raise it to between 9-10.
     
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    Is there any particular reason why you want to raise it? 8 is a perfectly acceptable number. Have a read of this thread, it's old but some very valid comments and experience http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1297225
     
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    I'd also stick to 8. But if you're adventurous raise in no more that 0.5 dkh per day....

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    Thanks Viper, have read it with interest. Sounds like these guys all have SPS, I don’t. I have mainly LPS and some softies. All thriving, except for a piece of open brain which seems to be fading away. I thought maybe the dKH was too low at 8.
     
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    Do you feed it? Whereabouts is it in your tank? They prefer to be on the substrate, occasional target feeding may help if it seems to be struggling a bit. If you have a lot of lps, check that none are too close to it as they may be extending sweeper tentacles at night and stinging it.
     
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    If you do want to raise alkalinity and are struggling with Reef Builder then perhaps try the diy method and use baking soda? It's a lot cheaper too. :D
     
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    Thanks. Re the open brain, hve tried all your suggestions, to no avail.
     
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    What made you decide that it's the alk causing the issue, especially if all the other corals are thriving?
     
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    once the skin on a brain has torn through or been damaged its is very difficult to get them to come back. it will die... it will slowly just recede until its gone.
     
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    Since the pH, Mg, Ca, NO3 and PO4 are all within the acceptable parameters, that’s all I could think of. I even dipped it!
     
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    Remeber that Alk, Cal and mag are related, so changing one will affect the rest. What did you dip it in?
     
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    how about a picture of the brain?
     
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    Seachem Reef dip, as per instructions
     
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