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    PH Level?

    Hey guys, I tested my PH yesterday and it was sitting at 7.8 and I'm not too sure how to get it up to 8.2 and if it needs to be at that level. This tank is only cycling now, has been for just over a week and is going to be FOWLR. I have a 10 gallon with an AC 50 fuge, any input would be appreciated.
    -Thanks, Steve.
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    7.8 is low.. try and get between 8.0 to 8.4
    also, make sure you use quality tests kits like salifert... the others are usually horribly innacurate.

    Give it a few more weeks before introducing anything.
    and make sure all params are fine when you do (that means no nitrates)

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    how are you testing??

    what salt are you using??

    are your lights on or off during the cycle??

    any sand in the system, if yes what type??


    7.8 isn't the end of the world and is acceptable ( ish ) but 8.1 - 8.3 is preferred.
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    Quote Originally Posted by a4twenty View Post
    how are you testing??

    what salt are you using??

    are your lights on or off during the cycle??

    any sand in the system, if yes what type??


    7.8 isn't the end of the world and is acceptable ( ish ) but 8.1 - 8.3 is preferred.
    Hey a4twenty, I am using an API salt water test kit
    I am using Instant Ocean salt
    The lights are off (I will be running a dual daylight/actinic)
    I have sand I believe it was CaribSea Aragonite sand
    I was running cheato in the fuge but it just looked like it was dying so I took it out. Thanks for the input so far hope these answers help.
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    IO has a high Alk ( directly related to pH ) so the first thing i would look at is your test kit. either get a pH pen / probe or a better quality test kit.

    if your chaeto is dieing, i would look at is NH3. is it turning white??

    you can also start running the tank lights ( on a reduced schedule ) photosynthesis will consume CO2 and help with pH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a4twenty View Post
    IO has a high Alk ( directly related to pH ) so the first thing i would look at is your test kit. either get a pH pen / probe or a better quality test kit.

    if your chaeto is dieing, i would look at is NH3. is it turning white??

    you can also start running the tank lights ( on a reduced schedule ) photosynthesis will consume CO2 and help with pH.

    HTH

    Yeah I tested today and aparently I got distracted between 4-5 drops of testing solution lol. PH is at 8.2
    Cheato was turning white and the lights are now on at a reduced schedule, looks pretty!
    Thanks again, Steve.
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    as a topic for discussion....

    why test for PH? to me it seems pointless to know whether my tank would be at 8.1, 7.9 or 8.4... why you may ask? because i'm not going to do anything about it regardless of what it is. IMO its more important to focus on alk and ca and when those values are stable that the ph will take care of itself...

    any thoughts from others?

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    i only test my Ca and Alk ~ monthly ( a lot more will setting up my routine ) and find that by using my pH hand held i can get the answers i need without having to break out the test kits. personally i have never done anything to adjust my pH, other than use a quality salt and maintain my Ca, Alk and Mg.

    Quote Originally Posted by LEROY View Post
    Cheato was turning white and the lights are now on at a reduced schedule, looks pretty!
    when chaeto turns white it's a sign of excess NH3 in the system ( normal for a cycling tank ), if your NH3 has returned to 0, i would add some chaeto back to the refugium.

    good luck :b2:
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