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Old 01-22-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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how should I use reef buffer to raise my PH?


well i did a test about my PH and it seems that its a little low, so I went to the store and I got reef buffer but im not sure how it works.. they told me I have to use tap water, its that saltwater or freshwater?
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:06 PM   #2
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Whats your KH? And whats a "little low"?
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:10 PM   #3
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i just usually mix it in with my RO water when i do top offs
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:11 PM   #4
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Do not use tap water, unless you have well water that has been tested for phosphates and nitrates.
I've been using Reef Buffer for years. You can add it to RO or RO/DI water. The directions are on the label. Be sure to test the pH before adding it to the display tank.
If I want to raise my pH, I add Reef Buffer to my make up water. You can easily get the make-up water (1/2 gallon) to around 8.4 to 8.8 (depending on how low your display tank is), then slowly add it to your tank, away from fish and corals.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:16 PM   #5
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Whats RO water? My KH i dont know I went to my LFS so they can tested and they told me my PH was 7.7 to 7.8.. My tank its only 13G big so i dont really know how much reef buffer should I put.
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ro water is just plain no salt added purified water that you use when to replace the water that evaporates
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:34 PM   #7
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Well I havent use RO water before then.. To do my water change i go and buy water from my LFS that already has the salinity that I need... Im new to the hobby so I really need help
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:38 PM   #8
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If you buy at the lfs you are most likely getting rodi water
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:40 PM   #9
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But one of you Guys said that i does not need to have salt
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:45 PM   #10
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Most of us dose with rodi as part of the top off.....so you should just ask the lfs if you can get just rodi also id ask what levels hes mixing your rodi + salt at....and if they actually said use TAP water I'm dissapointed in them...
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Back to your original question I would say your KH is low. The KH/PH are intertwined. Have them check your KH and if it is low you can add a little Baking soda to raise it and in doing so it will push your PH to about 8.2
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:59 PM   #12
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Ok thanks guys for all the answers
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:26 PM   #13
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You need to test for pH, alkalinity, temperature, and specific gravity, at a minimum. These tests will tell you what you want and what you need.
Your tank will get saltier (higher specific gravity) as evaporation takes place. This is why make up water should have zero salt, and during water changes you need water with salt.

Do some reading at sites like www.WetWebMedia.com to learn the basics of what you are undertaking.
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