How to lower Alkalinity

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by Seabeast, Sep 28, 2009.

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  1. Seabeast

    Seabeast Flamingo Tongue

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    Some how my ph is right at about 8.2 to 8.3 and my alkalinity is way too high. My tank has been up and running for about 3 months and i havent seen it go down at all. Any help would be great.
     
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  3. Jm'sRSM

    Jm'sRSM Fire Shrimp

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    what is high? in dkh over 14? what is ur ca levels at?
     
  4. Seabeast

    Seabeast Flamingo Tongue

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    my calcium levels are only around 350. Ive also had trouble raising it to a normal level. Its really weird imo.
     
  5. Seabeast

    Seabeast Flamingo Tongue

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    and yes my alk is about 16
     
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    Jm'sRSM Fire Shrimp

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    trying raising ur ca to around 450. when ca goes up alk goes down and vise versa. are you adding n e thing to the water?
     
  7. Seabeast

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    Yeah i dosed kalk to it once but didnt really see any changes and i add iodine every week
     
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  9. RHorton

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    Hey seabeast,

    I really wouldn't use kalk to raise it at this point because it is low ,I would pick up some Kent cal turbo or something similar to get your cal up and see if that brings your alk down.
    Also your adding iodine every week? I hope your testing for it. Dosing iodine can be a dangerous game.
     
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    i agree with R. if youre dosing anything, you best be testing for it aalso.
     
  11. Seabeast

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    thanks guys thats why i come here, for good advise!
     
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    My local fish store doesn not have the kent turbo cal. What would be some other brands that you guys would recommend. I have the kent marine liquid calcium, but once again it doesnt look like it raises it much.