reef chemistry

  1. C

    High Alk?

    I just tested my Alk and it came up 12.2 dKH, I normally run it at 8.0 and it stayed there up until the middle of November. I did a water change with red sea salt and I turned my doser to 2ml every other day and that was about two weeks ago but now like I said before 12.2, before the water...
  2. C

    It's that time of year again: Christmas

    this might be a little early but it is coming up fast. what are some good Christmas ideas and also what are some good places to get gift certificates from?
  3. rockstarta78

    pH won't go over 7.7

    I am hoping to get some help with pH level on my tank. My pH is always stuck around 7.6 - 7.7. My house has AC running almost 24/7, the tank is in the basement and there is only one door leading outside that's always closed since no one is in the basement besides me when I go down there after...
  4. C

    keeping levels stable?

    ok I feel like I'm not sure how to maintain my levels at a stable point. I did a water change on May 26 and checked my alk and it read at 9.5 dKH(Hanna) I checked it today and it showed 7.6 dKH(Hanna). I want to keep my levels between 7-8. how would I one keep them stable and how would I dose or...
  5. C

    Nitrate or Phosphate?

    should I get a good nitrate test kit or a good phosphate test kit first? I would like to get both but I can only get one for right now.
  6. C

    Strawberry Shrotcake

    ok I got a piece of strawberry shortcake from Jason Fox at a frag swap awhile back. I also got other sps frags. all of the are doing fine but the strawberry shortcake, its actually white now. I don't understand what happened because the of acros I have by it are doing great. I thought it might...
  7. TDTA1181

    Alk climbed/precipitation in dosing container

    I had alkanity spike pretty high recently in my tank. I'm thinking maybe I didn't rinse my dosing container the last time I added new soda ash/calcium chloride? There was a good amount of residue in the btm of both containers and in both dosing tubes. I test Alk usually every other day and try...
  8. Kyle Rinker

    Calcium Chloride question

    I've been starting to use Randy's recipe #1 for my mixed reef tank. Like many other folks, I have been unable to find Dow Flake anywhere around me. However, Lowes carries SafeStep Extreme 7300, which the company fact sheet lists as "pure CaCl2". I mixed my first batch today and all dissolved...
  9. C

    Alk question

    I try to keep my tanks alk between 7-9 but when I use my red sea salt(not the pro) it brings my alk back up to 11. I was wondering if I had a bad batch of salt or something else.
  10. C

    advice on how to keep a sand bed clean?

    how do you keep your sand bed look clean. I feel like after a day or two after a water change my sand looks like it did before I cleaned it. any tips or anything would be appreciated.
  11. C

    calcium level

    ok I tested my calcium on Monday and it was at 390. I tested it today and it was at 410 and I have not put anything in my tank to raise it. I was wondering what would cause it to do that?
  12. AndysReef

    distilled water for my nano startup?

    Hi, I was wondering since i don't have an RODI system, could i use distilled? I heard that i shouldn't because some components aren't broken down all the way. but i would love to know your guys opinion on it! :p:p
  13. C

    Reef Supplements - Dosing

    Hi People, I'm trying to get the latest update on Brands/Type of Reef Supplements used by fellow reefers for auto-dosing in a SPS/LPS combo tanks. For this discussion, please exclude the normal Calcium, Alk and Mg liquids, and 10% to 20% water changes. Read a lot of discussions and on...
  14. F

    No water change reef tank?

    I recently have been spending time learning more about no water change systems that I have known about for years. Does anyone have any information on these or feedback? I am planning a HUGE reef tank and a no water change system like this is very appealing. One company I came across was this...
  15. C

    night mode?

    What does the night mode do on a pump and what is its effects on the tank. Also what is the purpose of it and is it good to use?
  16. C

    Red Sea Salt

    why can't I find any reviews on red sea salt. all I can find is red sea salt pro. does anyone on here use it? I just got some because my alk is to high for my system and I don't like doing a water change and it bring it back up. i'd rather keep it low at like 7-8 and not at 12.