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Hey all of you people that are way smarter than me! I need advice on getting my kh/alk (same thing, right?) It's running from 6-7. Been dosing with 8.4 with little to no improvement. Any way pump up those numbers? Everything looks fine and seems very happy in the tank. Thanks you brilliant folks!

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Hey all of you people that are way smarter than me! I need advice on getting my kh/alk (same thing, right?) It's running from 6-7. Been dosing with 8.4 with little to no improvement. Any way pump up those numbers? Everything looks fine and seems very happy in the tank. Thanks you brilliant folks!

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What is 8.4?
 

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From what I just read about the product it's used to raise PH not necessarily ALK. I dose Soda Ash from BRS using a doser. They have a great calculator to figure out what your dosage should be.
 

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When raising alk you also need to raise calcium an equal amount. In addition to that your Magnesium needs to be at a proper level.

This video should help you understand the principles.
 

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When raising alk you also need to raise calcium an equal amount. In addition to that your Magnesium needs to be at a proper level.

This video should help you understand the principles.
Something I want to put out there, when I first started reefing, I was doing 2-part dosing and there wasn't much emphasis on magnesium level. Mine was below 1100 at the time and I couldn't figure out why I was having a hard time keeping my Alk & Calc consistent, cause the consumption of the two was imbalanced. It took me longer than I'd like to admit to figure this out, until I raised my Mag over 1400 at the time, and things went much smoother.
 

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Also, I wouldn't say we're smarter than you. We just messed up years before you did. LOL.

Hey all of you people that are way smarter than me! I need advice on getting my kh/alk (same thing, right?) It's running from 6-7. Been dosing with 8.4 with little to no improvement. Any way pump up those numbers? Everything looks fine and seems very happy in the tank. Thanks you brilliant folks!

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Also, I wouldn't say we're smarter than you. We just messed up years before you did. LOL.
When I first started I didn't fully understand the Alk/Cal/Mag relationship. My Mag was good and Cal was in range but I couldn't keep the Alk up. So I kept adding more and more till I turned a good part of the sand bed into a block of rock due to all the precipitate.
 

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When I first started I didn't fully understand the Alk/Cal/Mag relationship. My Mag was good and Cal was in range but I couldn't keep the Alk up. So I kept adding more and more till I turned a good part of the sand bed into a block of rock due to all the precipitate.
Thanks for the warning!

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