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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    2una

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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.
     
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    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

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    There's all i have happening at the moment
     
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    If the KH was so low, what were the other parameters?
     
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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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    9DKH is fine. Let if fall to 8 DKH and hold it there, basically try to avoid a swing in parameters.
     
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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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