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Old 02/24/2016, 12:56 AM   #3187
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Just to avoid possible confusion in the photosynthesis equation you gave, CH2O is formaldehyde, but it's a simple carbohydrate that works for a general explanation, but I am not sure that's what photosynthesis typically generates.

Dinoflagellates generally don't affect the alkalinity appreciably because they don't calcify in most case, as you stated. They will consume a bit temporarily if they take up carbonate or bicarbonate as a carbon source, but the alkalinity is released after the carbon is taken.

http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-10/rhf/index.php#6


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