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  1. revhtree

    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Partner Member Article Contributor

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    Have a tank chemistry question? We have a Doctor on staff that's here to answer your questions.


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  2. Randy Holmes-Farley

    Randy Holmes-Farley Reef Chemist Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Expert Contributor Article Contributor

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    Thanks, Rev!
     
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    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Partner Member Article Contributor

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    No, thank you!
     
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    redfishbluefish Stay Positive, Stay Productive R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad NJRC Member Article Contributor

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    Does he take Obamacare? :eek: :rolleyes: :D
     
  5. Bruce Burnett

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    ok Randy I have read where some people do not dose potassium and others that say they do. I have also read that the Zeo system uses it up. Some people state that their low nutrient systems seem to use up potassium faster than they import it not using the Zeo. My Red Sea test kit showed my levels at 320. I don't do water changes, it is a 300 gallon system. I am using a recirculating pellet reactor with all in one pellets. I had my Monti's lose color and lost a couple of acros which I thought were from a temp swing. It was not until I started adding potassium that the Monti's started coloring back up and actually one of the acro is recovering. My pellet reactor gets a hard white crust build up. Is this hard bacteria or is this where my potassium is going as I do not have this build up anywhere else in the system.
     
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    What would cause my phosphates to go through-the-roof high, while my nitrates remain at an acceptable level?
     
  7. redfishbluefish

    redfishbluefish Stay Positive, Stay Productive R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad NJRC Member Article Contributor

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    @Bruce Burnett and @heigl22 , this actually isn't the place to ask your questions. The first post above has a link where it will allow you to title and post your questions.
     
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    I'm having the same trouble mine are staying .25 I have did everything WC. Every week.
     
  9. Bruce Burnett

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    Thank You I missed the link
     
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    redfishbluefish Stay Positive, Stay Productive R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad NJRC Member Article Contributor

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    Please go to the first post above and click on the link to ask your question.
     
  11. lewis.maryann08

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    Sorry I can't get the link to work
     
  12. Bruce Burnett

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    should work did for me
     
  13. Randy Holmes-Farley

    Randy Holmes-Farley Reef Chemist Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Expert Contributor Article Contributor

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    Started new thread here:

    https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/low-potassium.243463/
     
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    Randy Holmes-Farley Reef Chemist Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Expert Contributor Article Contributor

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    Randy Holmes-Farley Reef Chemist Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Expert Contributor Article Contributor

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    jason2459 Not a paid scientist R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    So, ....

    Do you like to be referenced in posts on here as Randy, Randy Holmes-Farley, Dr. Holmes-Farley, Dr. Randy, and I'm sure not what your wife yells at you when in trouble.
     
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  17. Randy Holmes-Farley

    Randy Holmes-Farley Reef Chemist Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Expert Contributor Article Contributor

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    Randy is good.

    My wife's names for me vary a lot with mood. Randall is bad news. :D
     
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    I'm new on here how do I post a thread can you help me out thanks Justin
     
  19. Randy Holmes-Farley

    Randy Holmes-Farley Reef Chemist Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Expert Contributor Article Contributor

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    Welcome!

    Just click the link below

    Click here to ask your question

    then type in a title and the post (the question). That starts a new thread.

    Without that link, you go to the page of the subforum where you want to start a thread, and click on the "Post a new thread" button near the upper right corner of the page.
     
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    Dear Dr. Randy,

    When we talk about alkalinity in a reef tank, is it Alkalinity (M), Alkalinity (P) or Alkalinity (Total)?

    Best,
    Rabih
     

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