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Old 12/02/2019, 11:29 AM   #1
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PH should I go from 7.8 to 8.2?

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All is well in my tank at the moment. All fish are healthy and doing well. 2 manderines died before, my only 2 losses. I now have one that is doing well. I also have kryptonite candy canes, pods, chaeto , clown, tang, ECT ECT. My question is I get my water from LFS I recently got a ro/di I will hook up soon. My PH is 7.8,,,,,,,I read that it should be 8.2. I bought "proper PH 8.2" by API .....it should just adjust the pH to 8.2...my question is should I use it???? Worried my star fish or candy canes or manderines or everything will die.....also if I get my water at LFS why isn't it 8.2? I just don't want to read a number off internet make a change and then everything die, when everything is fine now......I also want the optimal environment....so?? To use "proper PH 8.2...or not?
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Old 12/03/2019, 06:11 AM   #2
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If it is working don't change it


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Old 12/03/2019, 06:33 AM   #3
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Agree with Alton. Also pH probe is notoriously inaccurate. They need to be re.calibrate all the time.


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Old 12/03/2019, 08:19 AM   #4
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pH "buffers" only raise alkalinity. Any effect on pH from using them will be temporary.

pH is lower than 8.2 because CO2 in our homes is high.

Also, your fish don't care.


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Old 12/03/2019, 08:32 AM   #5
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I have been keeping tanks for the past 20 years and I have checked ph less than a handful of times


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Old 12/03/2019, 01:23 PM   #6
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Thank u all. I went ahead and added 6 table spoons into 32 gallons thru a 10 gallon water change. Nothing died , everything seems fine , been about 24 hours.....only change I saw is sand sifting star fish acted like they did when I first put them in tank. But they live. Tank looks really healthy, same. I did not do another PH check yet , I will today at around 7,,,,maybe or soon. Have manderines coming in and I want the water the way I am going to have it for the Long haul before I put them in. Trying to get environment perfect for kryptonite candy canes, manderines, and pods. I guess aimed towards the kryptonite and everything else should be good.
Aiming for 79 temp, .025 sal, 8.2, as much calcium as is not dangerous I think around 400ish plus..... Hopefully the LEDs standard on the biocube32 are good, they seem good enough but I just got these candy canes a few days ago so we will see. I may add something if it will go under the hood for the canes if it REALLY proven works or is needed. Rather not. Spent a fortune already, and I like the timer , all ready have another light for fuge or second chamber. ...
Thanks guys, I love this tank, I have not lost track of time like this for a while. Pods and manderines next.....

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Old 12/04/2019, 06:42 AM   #7
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I know that this is unasked for but I see that you have a Scooter Dragonet in this small tank already. I would advise against adding another Dragonet. Even consider removal of your Scooter Dragonet because it is unlikely that this tank will able to sustain one Dragonet, much less two.
The blue tang will also outgrow this tank rather quickly, should not be a long term resident of this tank.
Remove 2 clowns. Keep a pair instead of 4 of them.

Best of luck to you.

BTW, I keep reef aquarium for 30+ years and never check tank pH. I got a pH probe in my Ca reactor but not the tank.


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Old 12/04/2019, 07:24 AM   #8
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Your absolutely right, bigger tank in the the plans, lots of pods, and daily feeding in morning with daily 5 gallon water change. I actually have 6 clowns, 1 tang, one scooter, 3 manderines, algeage belanny, diamond goby,

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Old 12/04/2019, 07:32 AM   #9
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Pushing the limits, but all fish get along, 6 clowns are paired, lots of live rock and caves, tons of podsand rotifers, and I test water every other day. All is good with a lot of maintenance(water test and change. The tang will be a definite problem as he eats as he shits chateo, eatas everything. He will needed to a smaller one within a year or 2. And maybe lose 2 clowns. Everything else works well....with daily 5 gallon changes.

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Old 12/04/2019, 07:37 AM   #10
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3 more manderines on the way
You don't know how far u can go until u try.
Deep sand bed , cheato , fuge, pods galore, every snail and crab, and another kind that go under the live rock.....hope my eco system holds without catastrophic death all in a day. I am watching chemistry daily, and aggression is actually almost none existant , the clowns will change likely and 2 will go, I will trade tang for a smaller one also. Hopefully all else will stay.

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Old 12/04/2019, 08:29 AM   #11
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Simon,
Your tank will not do well. You should stock to your tank, not a future tank. Temperament of a fish, especially female clowns will increase greatly as they mature, or changing.
There is no way you can add enough pods for 4 mandarin in a 32 gal tank.
Please update this thread as time go on. Maybe I will eat my words. Two male mandarin will not coexist in a 32 gal tank. Larger female mandarin will also attack smaller male mandarin.
Interaction between mandarins are my first hand personal experiences. So are my Ocellaris and Percula clowns experiences. I used to breed clowns.


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