What is your alkalinity at?

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What is your alkalinity at?

  1. 2 meq/L

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. 3 meq/L

    6 vote(s)
    33.3%
  3. 4 meq/L

    9 vote(s)
    50.0%
  4. 5 meq/L

    3 vote(s)
    16.7%
  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    I've been fussing over my alkalinity lately.. trying to get it up in the 4 meq/L range.

    What is yours at?
    What do you do to keep it there?
     
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  3. Bruce

    Bruce Giant Squid

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    You know...i probably should know what it is...but i dont...:(
     
  4. Diver_1298

    Diver_1298 Eyelash Blennie

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    Arm & Hammer baking soda. Cheap and easy!


    Jim
     
  5. Diver_1298

    Diver_1298 Eyelash Blennie

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    For systems with a pH of 8.2 or above Baking Soda is a good choice

    To raise 50 gallons of tank water by 1 meq/L will require about 16 grams of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate; sodium hydrogencarbonate). Since a level teaspoon of baking soda weighs just under 6 grams, then 1 teaspoon will raise the alkalinity in that 50 gallons by ~0.4 meq/L (~1 dKH).

    http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/nov2002/chem.htm
    My favorite aquarium chemistry link


    Jim
     
  6. kb.bear

    kb.bear Peppermint Shrimp

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    I don't fuss, for some strange reason it balances out on its own the only reason I knew it was at 5 was you got me thinking. normally (and I am not saying this is good but it works for me ) using 2 part I push the ca and alk to the point of precipitation then back off for a couple of days
     
  7. Blade_Runner

    Blade_Runner Gigas Clam

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    I need a 350 button, but am pushing for 400 too.