How to lower Alkalinity

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

to remove this notice and enjoy 3reef content with less ads. 3reef membership is free.

  1. Crimson Ghost

    Crimson Ghost Blue Ringed Angel

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2008
    Messages:
    1,560
    Location:
    Somewhere south of disorder
    Ack ! I wish I had time to babble on here- but I am running out the door. You will not be able to raise your calcium with your DKH at 16 – so that’s not really weird at all. Please read up on Alkalinity by Randy Holmes here: Calcium and Alkalinity by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com

    What salt mix are you using? Did you 2x check your test kit ? I’ll be back on the board in a few hours and I’ll check to see if you got the advice you need.
     
    1 person likes this.
  2. Click Here!

  3. Seabeast

    Seabeast Flamingo Tongue

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2008
    Messages:
    123
    I use instant ocean reef salt. And i use salifert test kits for everything. I check the water about twice a week.
     
  4. RHorton

    RHorton Pajama Cardinal

    Joined:
    May 11, 2007
    Messages:
    1,406
    Location:
    upstate NY
    one thing you can do if you haven't already is make up some water with your salt and test it for dkh just to see where its at before you add it to the tank.
    also what size tank do you have?
     
  5. Seabeast

    Seabeast Flamingo Tongue

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2008
    Messages:
    123
    Ive got a 20 gallon tall with a ten gallon sump
     
  6. Seabeast

    Seabeast Flamingo Tongue

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2008
    Messages:
    123
    I have some water already made and it read at 16 like my other water.
     
  7. Dingo

    Dingo Giant Squid

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2009
    Messages:
    4,767
    Location:
    New Freedom, PA
  8. Click Here!

  9. Seabeast

    Seabeast Flamingo Tongue

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2008
    Messages:
    123
    Dingo is there a way that i can do this method you used and just add it to my sump? I dont have a dosing container.
     
  10. Dingo

    Dingo Giant Squid

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2009
    Messages:
    4,767
    Location:
    New Freedom, PA
    yea i add it to my sump... i drip it in though

    but you can put some in a water bottle and make a very small hole in the cap. then turn it upside down and let it drip in to your sump
     
  11. RHorton

    RHorton Pajama Cardinal

    Joined:
    May 11, 2007
    Messages:
    1,406
    Location:
    upstate NY
    Your make up water read 16 dkh? personally I would scrap that box of salt and get a new one. The problem is the salt mix. JMIO.
     
  12. Seabeast

    Seabeast Flamingo Tongue

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2008
    Messages:
    123
    what kind of salt would you recommend because ive heard good things about instant ocean, but i guess i should try somethin else.