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Finally got round to fitting my inline tds meter and set up the filter in my garage with fresh resin. TDS readings: 7 off the membrane and 0 after the resin. That's more like it!

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Ah, sorted!
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Update on the tank. Very slow cycling but have had ammonia at 0 for nearly 2 weeks now. Nitrites are over 1ppm and Nitrates over 100ppm (all tested with Red Sea kit, API giving very different readings). I have read that Nitrate readings are unreliable in the presence of Nitrites though. Is that right? Earlier this week I dosed the tank to 2ppm ammonia and it returned to 0 within 24hrs. Obviously this will have affected my Nitrite results. Just wondering what to do next. Is it worth a big water change now or do I sit tight and wait for the Nitrites to go down?

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Update: now have a pair of clowns, 1 cleaner shrimp, 1 porcelain crab, 2 hermits and 5 turbos in. Feeding mix of flake, pellet and mysis. Parameters generally look OK but struggling to get my alkalinity right. Ph consistently at 8.0 but can't get alk above 7.0. Don't know whether to dose to get it higher or not. Any suggestions anyone?

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Reply #19

Hi @Duncanht

Have you got coral in there yet? 
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Reply #20

No corals yet so that's not stripping the alk.

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No corals yet so that's not stripping the alk.

A few other things use alk, bacteria, coralline algae etc.

Have you tried dosing anything to raise it?
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Haven't got any coralline yet. Was thinking of dosing with baking soda to bump it up a bit. Don't want the Ph to go up any more. Do you think that's a reasonable plan or is there a product you'd recommend?

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Reply #23

Yeah baking soda mixed in RO will work, or use an off the shelf alk liquid like Red Sea Foundation B to save some effort.

Just dose it over a few days if you're worried about pH.
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Thanks, going to head down to LFS tomorrow and pick something up.

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