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  1. The THINK Tank
    My first post to the forums. I’m no expert, quite the opposite. I’m looking for some sound advice, and I’ve seen a lot of it here. Data: 32-gallon BioCube, 7 months old. Good flow, good LEDs. Ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrates at zero, PH at 8.2. Tank is 4-weeks fallow. Feeding ‘Coral Frenzy’, spot...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    While working at the LFS one of our clients hired me to tear down his 200g marineland deep dimension tank with starphire glass. The tank was in great shape minus a couple scratches and a scuff that happened during transit. For my efforts I was rewarded with the tank/stand/sump to take home and...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 29 gallon display with 20 gallon sump. Every fourth day I add around 2 gallon on RODI water in my system. Every time I add the RO water my PH goes down very low to 7.8 or even lower. KH remains in between 8-12. To avoid risk should I add small amount of buffer to the RO water before use...
  4. The THINK Tank
    Referring to my 20 gal tank, I generally change 5 gallons or so a week if I can. I have come to understand this can be a rough adjustment it being such a large percentage of the water volume.. My candy canes do not like the change generally and mushrooms used to feed as soon as I was finished or...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Referring to my 20 gal tank, I generally change 5 gallons or so a week if I can. I have come to understand this can be a rough adjustment it being such a large percentage of the water volume.. My candy canes do not like the change generally and mushrooms used to feed as soon as I was finished or...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    Hi guys I know theres split opinions on using buffers and things Buttt.............. What I'd like to know is; when using a buffer (waterlife 8.3) to raise ph From an undesirable 7.6 do i need to remove my oyster shells (in can filter) To acheive MY desired ph??? Thanks in advance for any help
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Hey guys. I was just looking for some advice pertaining to whether or not I should be doing water changes every few days to try and keep the nitrates down that will probably rise given my addition of my first 2 fish (2x 1 inch clowns) into my 30 gallon tank. I mean what is actually acceptable...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    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?
  9. General Reef Discussion
    So I guess I screwed up yesterday. I did my bi-weekly water change Saturday and in part was hoping the pH would rise slightly. It has slowly drifted down to 8.0 from its usual 8.2. After the water change, I tested (around the same time, 9am) on Sunday. Stil at 8.0. While I know this isn't bad...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    Hey guys I just started a new 55 gallon tank and have some questions on wich way to go with it.First of all I live going into my local Fish store they have beautiful frag tanks with crystal clear water and very colorful I want a tank to look exactly like that.Here are my tank specs! 55 gallon...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    I was in my favorite LFS today, getting a second string CUC, i started with 6 ceriths and 1 hermit, and after 4 days of watching them not die, i went in and got 3 more ceriths, 3 hermits, and 3 snorkel snails. While there, one of the salespeople told me my tank would really benefit from a...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    I have a terrible time getting my reef tank above 8.0 and it always settles down to 7.8 unless I put buffer in all the time. :swear: dKH stays between 12 & 14. pH of my tap water is 7.4 and TDS is 396. What pH should RO water be? Mine is 6.2 or lower. 6.2 is the least my test kit measures...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Help, I can't seem to get polyps to open up in my tank. I have a 24 nano, ammonia and nitrates are normal, temp 78, salinity 1.024-5, 10 hour light schedule, good current but there are quieter places. I've tried moving them up and down towards/away from light, higher and lower current, they just...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    Are the use of marine buffers actually regularly needed to control PH,Alk and Calcuim etc? If your doing regular water changes are the mineral elements not getting replaced in the salt mix? If you test and see the reading is off how do you use the buffer? Incorporate in into a water change or...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    Can I add pure baking soda to the R/O water I use to top-off the tank? My goal is to keep the pH in the tank from dropping as it evaporates and I'm adding R/O water with a pH of 7..? Won't it eventually cause the pH to decrease in the tank between water changes? Also, I bought a pygmy angel...
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