ph levels

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  1. WAYNE HEATHCOTE

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    hi guys
    I recently bought a ph test kit (nutrifin by hagen ) i think?
    anyway i tested the water and the ph level was approx 7.9
    I am worried about the level being to low as ive seen that the ph in saltwater tanks should never go below 8 ??
    Are these testkits anygood???
     
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    Not the best. I use Seachem and Elos. Both great products.
     
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    Do you buffer your top up water?
     
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    I've seen worse p.H levels. Try getting it up to about 8.2 wiht some bicarb or other buffer.
     
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    Ive read about using bicarb.
    how do i add it to the system?
     
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    You can mix a teaspoon or two with some tank water and drip it or just throw the powder into the beginning of your sump so it mixes up before entering the display tank. Add a little a test after an hour to see the change
     
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    I use a quater teaspoon of bicarb per 100/L of water. Test every 2 hours as you do not want your livestock to get a Ph-shock. Rather a slow upward movement than a sudden move... Do this over a period of 3-4 days and you'll see that your Ph will stabilise... Also check the Ph level of your RO (top-up) water...
     
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