Going after low pH

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  1. evolved

    evolved Wrasse Freak

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    And then again at the end of the photo-period when pH will be the highest.
     
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    Billme Eyelash Blennie

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    I understand the theory. It's what I've always assumed. Makes sense. However, I started yesterday morning before lights about every 4 hours until 5am. All tested at 7.7. I may get a new kit just for second opinion. Kit is not expired
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Try the increase in O2 and see if that works. Do you have a sump? Can you do a reverse lighting fuge or ATS?

    If able, and when convenient I would try and eventually test via a different method.

    I would not have so many dang test kits if I was confident in any one method other than my Hanna Alk.
     
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    Billme Eyelash Blennie

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    I particularly don't trust them when something is way different than I'd expect.
     
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    If you can't easily run a line outside ..A co2 scrubber is super easy. I bought a 5 gallon bucket of soda lime that will last a couple years or more. Just duct tape skimmer line to a bottle, poke some holes and done.
    I use a brs reactor insert. Took about 60 seconds to set up.
    PH went up about .3
     
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    Billme Eyelash Blennie

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    Now this I'd like to learn more about. Thanks for the tip. I'll look into it. So far, I'm not seeing an improvement. pH still is hovering around 7.7.
     
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    Billme Eyelash Blennie

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    So I looked up the CO2 scrubber. Looks very simple to set up and low tech to maintain. Great tip AV8. I'm putting that on the plan B list. Looks like it's about guaranteed to raise pH by .3. I'm going to try bringing in outside air first and go from there. Ideally I'm shooting for 8.2+. Since I'm starting at 7.7, I may end up using the scrubber. My thinking is that the outside air method would be less maintenance. May offer another layer of stability too.
     
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    Any tips on drilling a hole from the outside through stucco? Mostly concerned about electrical. Hole will be 3/4".
     
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    If you are able to run it near a window, there is a very slim chance of hitting anything electrical. Windows should have a 2x4 surrounding and a header above which is 2x6 or more and sometimes there is a gap filled with foam insulation between the window and frame. There shouldn't be any electrical in that area but you can buy a ,current detector, name may not be accurate, at lowes/HD for pretty cheap. I got one that came with a multimeter. Basically chimes when it comes near any electrical lines.
     
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    I'll head down there and get one MD. Thanks