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beedyb220
06/27/2007, 12:14 AM
Hello,

How does one lower the PH and ammonia levels in their tank? Will overfeeding cause these to spike?

kkyyllee
06/27/2007, 12:16 AM
how high is ur ph, amonia can be caused by overfeeding

beedyb220
06/27/2007, 12:18 AM
8.8 - PH
0.5 - Ammonia

drummereef
06/27/2007, 12:18 AM
How are you testing for pH and ammonia?

beedyb220
06/27/2007, 12:23 AM
I am using the API Saltwater Master Test Kit

drummereef
06/27/2007, 12:26 AM
pH measurement with a colormetric test kit can be flawed unfortunately. Before you do anything, I'd get a second opinion. What is your nitrite level?

Here's an article on high pH
High pH: Causes and Cures
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2005-03/rhf/index.htm

beedyb220
06/27/2007, 12:28 AM
My Nitrite is 0. Nitrate 5.0

beedyb220
06/27/2007, 12:30 AM
I had a power outage today for about 4 hours. Would this affect this any?

drummereef
06/27/2007, 12:32 AM
Ok. I'd do a water change soon. Newly mixed saltwater can contain trace ammounts of ammonia, so let it age a while. Preferably 12hrs. If it's an emergency you can get by with less time.

drummereef
06/27/2007, 12:32 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10223358#post10223358 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by beedyb220
I had a power outage today for about 4 hours. Would this affect this any?

Thanks for that info! Yes, depending on the temp of the tank etc.. there might have been a little die-off. I'd get on that water change asap. ;)

beedyb220
06/27/2007, 12:36 AM
Thanks Drummereef!! How much of a water change for a 55g w/ 10g sump?

kkyyllee
06/27/2007, 12:36 AM
yeah, do a 25% water change

drummereef
06/27/2007, 12:37 AM
Yup, 25% would be a good number. ;)

Grins
06/27/2007, 12:47 AM
What are your levels now?

Grins
06/27/2007, 12:49 AM
Sorry, there was a delay in when I read and when I posted and didn't see the numbers up.

beedyb220
06/27/2007, 12:52 AM
np.. I will do a water change tomorrow and post my new readings Fri or Sat

bertoni
06/27/2007, 01:37 AM
I am skeptical about that pH being correct, unless the tank has a lot of algae or something's been dosed. 8.8 is pretty high.