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- Jan 15, 2018
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That’s a lot of work! I got tired just reading about it!Well I did something I hadn't done before ever, adjusted my freshly made saltwater alkalinity.
I had made up some saltwater Friday and decided to test it's alkalinity. It was at 11dkh. My DT is at 9.3. last night I tested it again and it rose to 14 dkh. Having some muriatic acid on hand, I dosed 1.2 ml of acid for each point of dkh to drop. So I started out with 4 ml of acid, allowed to mix and tested it. It came out at 10.3 dkh. Close but not there yet. Added another 1ml of acid and tested it. Came out at 9.3 dkh! Success! But dropping alkalinity with acid comes a price, PH. It was at 7!
So I added a air stone on a air pump to the saltwater over night. Bingo! This morning it was at 7.8!
Did the water change and everything in the DT looks great!
I'll be doing this from now on!
No carbon dosing here. Skimming wet. Going to do that 20 gallon water change and just wait for the UV to show.Hang in there Don! At least bacterial blooms are not too hard on the tank as long as you're able to maintain good O2 levels. Good skimming, limiting organics (stop carbon dosing if doing it) patience and a well functioning UV are all I can think of. You will like that Aqua UV, I love mine and have it semi-permanently set up.
The Danner pondmaster UV is put away. I don't plan on messing with it now that the Aqua UV is on its way.Oof; rough news on the salt, but hopefully your cleaning and change-rechange will fix things. Plus I'll cross fingers that the new UV unit actually arrives on time for you. Is the other bulb still on the way? What's the plan for the other unit?