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    Question Substrate buffering question??

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    I am just wondering if I would get more buffering action if I would put some crushed coral in my phosphate reactor to pump a constant flow throught it if it would help keep my ph up....
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    I would not force water through crushed coral or coral sand. You could see your PH rise too high too quickly. If just having it laying on the bottom of your tank will support your PH then forcing water through it in a chamber like that may be TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING.
    Rob

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    Derik .. You could alway test it in a 5 gallon bucket of salt water during your next water change. . Run it for a few days or a week and see what happens to the PH of the water in a 5 gallon bucket.
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    I will take out my 10 gal tank and as soon as i do water change I will try it...with just a bare tank and the reactor and I will put my ph monitor on it...I will let you know the results in a couple of weeks....Thanks again Rob
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    I think to get any real buffering you'd have to lower the pH in the reactor. That's basically how a calcium reactor works.
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    I am thinking he just wants to stabilize the PH Susan.
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    Yes because I am having trouble keeping the ph up.I made a mistake by not putting the right substrate in.I ordered 40pnds or crushed coral substrate.I will get it this week.....
    hopefully it will help
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    I personally don't think running some aragonite in a reactor with just tank water running through it will do much at all - especially on a 150gal. Volitan, your low ph can be fixed, Imo by ionically reballancing your tank. You need to check calcium, alkalinity and ph and make sure that they are all where they should be, as well as keep the tank well oxygenated. There is no good reason, in a fish only tank, to have ph problems, unless the tank has been severely overfed for a month or two or something BIG has died in it!!! I'm betting that you can easily fix your problem and then get on an easy regular dosing regimen of buffers to keep it stable (even a wife, with little experiance in fish keeping could add a premixed solution once a week when you are away)
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    wow, even a wife can do it?
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