PH low??

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  1. HeikoS

    HeikoS

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    Hi Guys,

    Did some tests last night and am a little concerned about my PH being low. Any advise? What can or should i do.
    Here my parameters:

    Salinity: 1.024
    PH: 7.9
    Alkalinity: 2.73
    CA: 480
    MG: 1500
    PO4: 0.03
     
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  3. WarrenElvis

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    Alkalinity very low mate should be between 8-11 dkh
     
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    Thanks man, any suggestions?
     
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    In a nutshell add Supplements...I use these for CAL, MAG, ALK, etc...there are so many to choose from...
    aquavitro . Reef Products

    This gives you the "basic" Ideal Water Parameters....
    Ideal Water Parameters - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
    What to test for and why - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    SPS is usually higher up on the scale...
     
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    9-12dkh actually:p ... and yes thats whats causing low ph, so dont dose ph up.. get your kh correct and ph should automatically rise to 8.0-8.20

    always try and keep it 10.something (more or less centre of 9-12) so if it rises a bit its still under 12 and vice versa.. i did it like this with great sucess in all types corals and fish
     
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    If having spses
     
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    is the Alkalinity: 2.73 not meq/l =10.92?
    Ph will be slightly lower after lights out?
     
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    I had the same problem, PH was 7 and Alk at 5, i am using a alk and ph buffer which seems to be working nicely, its a slow process to get it back to where it should be.

    This is the buffer i use; Tropic Marin TripleBUFFER

    Goodluck
     
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    +1 on either side @JsREEFn getting critical are we. :lol: Just wanted to be the first to respond before @belindamotion :thumbup: so i got keyboard trigger happy
     
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    and that my dear friend can be solved by running a reverse cycle ie.lights above sump thats works inline with dt lights on reverse mode ofcourse.. its cause by photosynthetic bacteria,so wen dt lights are off, they can still feed via sump lights and it keeps ph constant...

    ps,may cost bit more tho on ur elec bill
     
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    I do, was actualy asking if he does
     
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    lol, no one beats @belindamotion :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:, and you see, bein slightly incorrect:blush: is the result of trying , so i wouldnt:whistling:
     
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    :thumbup:kewlio... whether we know or not , its always good to post usefull info on threads like these because tomorw or the next day some other newbie will look up and read this same thread and will hopefully learn by the questions and answers on this thread
     
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    Guys, it is 7.7 dKh, 2.73meq/l

    Sorry for the confussion.
     
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    kinda figured coz that was kinda very low :lol::lol::lol: but no problem , still low though... so less buffering:tt2: but atleast its nt a bad low
     
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    thought so, much better, less stress:thumbup:
     
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    hows bout a pic of your tank maybe:whistling:
     
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    will try and upload a pic a little later.
     
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    Here's some links for you on pH

    Low pH: Causes and Cures by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com

    High pH: Causes and Cures by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com

    A Simplified Guide to the Relationship Between Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium and pH by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com


    Remember, if you find that your pH is out of wack, never try to adjust it before not double checking with another kit, pH pen, pH meter, etc - you can cause problems in the tank and there might not have been something wrong.
     
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