Urgent help needed SPS - safe rate to raise Alk?

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Hi Guys,
1st up i'm an sps noob.
Local lfs had some acro arrived which is rare as hens teeth to find here in Durban.
Bought 2 pieces & before i started dripping them i tested what the ALK was in the bag water.
Turns out its 5 dkh...confirmed this with both salifert & hanna test kits.
Confirmed with lfs this was the same tank water they came out of & not some other water.
My tank is +/- 9.0dkh
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I'm assuming this is too large a gap to drip them & then put them into the tank so i've put the 2 pieces in a tank i had laying around with luckily almost enough of their own water to cover them.
I don't think these have been in the 5 dkh tank too long(recent shipment)
What sort of rate do you think i should raise the alk at?
1dkh/day OK or take it back to say 7dkh a bit quicker to NSW levels ?

Also i don't have a spare light for them & have put the tank by a window so it can get sun...this should be ok yes?
 

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Some of the water i needed to use to cover the coral was from a small bucket i dripped acclimated a fish in so with that the alk is already mid 6's so that's a more comfortable level i THINK,hope that wasn't too much of a spike but nothing i could do about it otherwise it would have been sitting out of the water.

From here forwards is 1dkh/day safe to raise it or is that hitting it a little hard & rather take it up slower?
 

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How good is the filtration in the tank they in?
1 per day should be fine.
Hi & thanks for the reply - filtration is zero just a bare tank with small powerhead & a heater....Already had to take a bigger powerhead out as it was creating too much heat.
Problem is to get a filter happening i'd need to raise the water level & how do i do that with a 35ppt mix but keep the alk where it is?
I'm all ears if there's some tricks to pull for what i need to do to keep them in there ok for a few days
 
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Guess i could go get some more of that 5dkh water & buffer it up so i could get a filter happening but i'll do that tomorrow,i don't want to tinker with the alk in there today again



There's all i have happening at the moment
 
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mg 1140/ca 400/ remembering it was mixed with some of my higher parameter water before i tested those...out of the salifert & hanna the higher one was 5.4dkh on the alk
 

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Hi Mekaeel ,
Thanks for the reply & offer,At the moment i have drops in my ears & i can't hear a thing but will take a rain check on the visit for sure.
60 hours i dripped water to equalise the alk &.dropped them into the tank this evening after squaring up the temps also....fingers crossed from here on in.
Thanks for the replies guys
 

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