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idan555
05/16/2018, 08:36 PM
So I read a lot about ph, and I notice a lot of people who just don't even check their ph levels, mostly said it's not important...
I start to try and follow my ph (I was curious), and I don't think I'm even close to 8.4 .

Are you guys giving attention for this parameter?

Also what is the recommended kh for reed tank? by adding kh buffer, ph will rise also?
My kh is 8-9, I never add buffer just normal water change. is it good en enough for reef tank?


Thank you,
Dan.

mcgyvr
05/17/2018, 05:34 AM
Recommended range for PH is typically like 7.8-8.5
Recommended alk range is 7-11dKH..

Please read
http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-05/rhf/index.php

RobZilla04
05/17/2018, 06:22 AM
Don't get into buffering for pH! You'll end up with an Alk level sky high. Instead monitor Alk and stay within the 7-9.5 range and throw away the pH test kits.

Folks do find success with higher end sensitive SPS corals with higher pH (8.0-8.3) but they are using other methods to boost the pH (CO2 scrubber, O2 injection, etc.).

Read the article linked above by mcgyvr.

idan555
05/17/2018, 07:20 AM
Thank you!

nereefpat
05/17/2018, 08:21 AM
by adding kh buffer, ph will rise also?


only temporarily. As soon as CO2 and O2 levels are balanced out again, the pH will return to where it was.

hkgar
05/17/2018, 03:14 PM
The only ph I pay attention to is the ph of my Calcium Reactor. You cannot control the ph of your tank, except by removing co2 from the water. And that will only get you about .2 change.

idan555
05/18/2018, 07:55 PM
why I did so far is connecting the skimmer hose to the out side of the house. fresh air looks like its helps.

Uncle99
05/18/2018, 09:05 PM
why I did so far is connecting the skimmer hose to the out side of the house. fresh air looks like its helps.

Yup, that works, and anything that causes surface agitation.
For me I get the best results when water falls about 1-2" into the DT.
I don't chase it, but I do like it in the 8.2-8.4 range for better calcification.