Why does my alk drop over 1 dkh in one day with heavy dosing?

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I have a 2 month old tank 135 gallon display (180 total volume). I’m currently battling dinoflagellates, i have some zoas in there with a few gonis and a couple sps frags...
I recently starting to test my alk more regularly using a Hannah checker that i found out is over 1.5 dkh off. I set up my trident a week ago and started up my kalk reactor I’ve been dosing 150 ml of saturated kalk solution a day and it was like i wasn’t dosing anything, so on top of that i dosed red seas part b about 90ml a day to get my alk up to 8.5 and within 24 hours I’m back at 7 dkh... how can this be? I don’t see and precipitation around the heaters or power heads attached is a picture of my alk graph on my trident
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it’s lightly stocked with only a few stony and lps, it just keeps it’s a huge drop for what i had stocked i had a 37 gallon tank with a bunch of growing sps and it only used 15 ml a day of Red Sea alk... I’m using 90 ml on probably a 1/3 of the corals
 

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I have a 2 month old tank 135 gallon display (180 total volume). I’m currently battling dinoflagellates, i have some zoas in there with a few gonis and a couple sps frags...
I recently starting to test my alk more regularly using a Hannah checker that i found out is over 1.5 dkh off. I set up my trident a week ago and started up my kalk reactor I’ve been dosing 150 ml of saturated kalk solution a day and it was like i wasn’t dosing anything, so on top of that i dosed red seas part b about 90ml a day to get my alk up to 8.5 and within 24 hours I’m back at 7 dkh... how can this be? I don’t see and precipitation around the heaters or power heads attached is a picture of my alk graph on my trident
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You have a young tank and fighting Dino. You shouldn’t dose anything and sure your zoas would’ve care much.
finish your Dino fight and than maybe you can try.
as per dosing you probably would need more as mentioned.
 
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I was curious if maybe the Dino was causing an increase in alk demand, and wanted to know the cause. I’m dosing way more than i need for the corals i have
 
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I dose like 1 litre of saturated kalk solution a day and my dKH still doesnt get above 8 long term, in a 27 gallon system...

150ml of saturated kalk solution in a system 5 times mine size is absolutely minuscule.

For roughly a 110gal volume, I'm dosing 3600ml of Kalkwasser ~ 1dKH worth a day. 150ml is very little...

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