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So currently using seachem acid buffer to lower pH on my water change water to match my tank alk. Is this method okay for a mixed reef tank? I am using instant ocean salt that mixes at 11dkh. Try to get it closer to 8.5 when doing water changes. Seen some decline on my corals as of lately so trying to rule everything out. Thanks in advance!
 
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ahh ya that makes sense. I would just use something with lower alk. Lots of people have had success with just instant ocean :p

What did you not like about Fritz salt? Salt seems to make very little difference as long as parameters are somewhere in the range you want.
 

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Frits RPM BLUE has been great for me… ALK generally mixes around 8.4-8.6
I agree the OP must be using Fritz Redline for an ALk that high.

Blue mixes up nicely as you state.

On my 20th box and very very happy.
….and made in the US of A…..so available and significantly less transportation costs…..which I’d like to keep in my pocket.

Did not understand the lowering of PH, most want to increase this number but both Fritz mix up with a PH of 8.3-8.4
 
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Frits RPM BLUE has been great for me… ALK generally mixes around 8.4-8.6
Strange, my regular IO salt never mixes up that high.
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ahh ya that makes sense. I would just use something with lower alk. Lots of people have had success with just instant ocean :p

What did you not like about Fritz salt? Salt seems to make very little difference as long as parameters are somewhere in the range you want.
Calcium is too low on the regular instant
 
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Calcium to low on regular IO?

I've used regular old purple box IO for many years now. Always mixes up to around 10ALK, 440 CAL, and 1500 MAG.

It mixes up so consistently that I don't even measure ALK before dumping in the same amount muriatic acid every time I mix, to lower the ALK down to around my preferred level of 7.5.
 

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Calcium is too low on the regular instant

You sure? It’s all I use. Isn’t it what public aquariums use too? And the most popular salt? Corals seem to not complain!

Over the years I have used fritz blue box, tropic marine classic, and Red Sea blue bucket. I saw no discernible difference among the salt so swapped to IO since it is the cheapest.

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So currently using seachem acid buffer to lower pH on my water change water to match my tank alk. Is this method okay for a mixed reef tank? I am using instant ocean salt that mixes at 11dkh. Try to get it closer to 8.5 when doing water changes. Seen some decline on my corals as of lately so trying to rule everything out. Thanks in advance!

It's a fine way to lower alk, as long as you aerate to bring the pH back up after adding it.

You can also use muriatic acid, or a pure version of the Seachem acid buffer from amazon (sodium bisulfate):

 

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Did not understand the lowering of PH, most want to increase this number but both Fritz mix up with a PH of 8.3-8.4

While the Seachem product is called a pH buffer, he's doing it for alk, not pH.
 
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It's a fine way to lower alk, as long as you aerate to bring the pH back up after adding it.

You can also use muriatic acid, or a pure version of the Seachem acid buffer from amazon (sodium bisulfate):

Thanks Randy. Think it’s okay on the coral? Def let the aeration take place for 24 hours to give pH a chance to balance back.
 
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You sure? It’s all I use. Isn’t it what public aquariums use too? And the most popular salt? Corals seem to not complain!

Over the years I have used fritz blue box, tropic marine classic, and Red Sea blue bucket. I saw no discernible difference among the salt so swapped to IO since it is the cheapest.

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Usually above 450 but I swore regular IO was sub 400ppm. If not what’s the difference in that and reef crystals because both all’s would be high then too
 
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RC mixes up to around 12 ALK, and higher MAG. I also lower the ALK in IO, but leave the CAL alone as it mixes up to around 440 for me(actually just tested a fresh batch 10 minutes ago).
The provided info says 400 calcium and 11 dkh vs RC 14”3 dkh and 440 calcium
 
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