Seachem Reef Buffer 1kg (SC-677)
Seachem Reef Buffer lets you safely raise the pH of reef system to 8.3 without danger of overdosing. It stabilises the pH, ensures a thriving reef tank.
Stable pH - Thriving Reef Tank
Made from a proprietary blend of carbonate and bicarbonate salts, Seachem Reef Buffer, when used as directed, will raise the pH of your reef system to the maximum of 8.3. This blend of salts results in Seachem Reef Buffer yielding a pK of roughly 8.6 in saltwater.
pH and pK
The pK of a buffering agent is equivalent to the pH around which that buffer most strongly buffers. One would presume, then, that the pK of a saltwater buffer should be 8.3; however, the multitude of organic acids produced by the inhabitants of a reef system forces pH downward to a much greater degree than in a non-reef, marine system.
A buffer with a pK of 8.3 would end up yielding a pH more in the range of 8.0-8.2. Seachem Reef Buffer has higher pK (8.6) which allows for greater pH stability in a reef system where the bioload is significantly more than in a fish only system. Competing products are not designed specifically for the reef environment, so their pK is too low (in most cases, pK 8.3). At this pK, the proper pH can never be reached in saltwater.
Seachem Reef Buffer will also raise carbonate alkalinity; however, when pH is not an issue, Reef Builder or Reef Carbonate should be your first choice for a carbonate alkalinity supplement.
Check pH and alkalinity before use (use MultiTest Marine pH and Alkalinity to test ph nd alkalinity levels). Use 5g (1 level teaspoon) for every 150L (40 US gallons) to raise pH by about 0.1 pH units (this will also raise alkalinity by about 0.5 meq/L). For precise dosing, use the Seachem Digital Spoon Scale. Dissolve in at least 250 ml (one cup) of freshwater, then add to the tank. The pH of natural sea water is 8.258.30. In a well established reef system pH adjustment may be necessary biweekly to semiweekly. Dosing requirements will vary, but do not exceed the recommended dose without checking your pH and alkalinity (alkalinity should not exceed 6 meq/L).
If an alkalinity of 6 meq/L has been reached and a pH of at least 8.20 has not been attained or substantial cloudiness that does not clear within 15 minutes is encountered, then the system is not ionically balanced. To restore ionic balance perform a water change or adjust the magnesium and calcium levels to approximately 3:1 Mg:Ca. DO NOT OVERDOSE: Excess alkalinity may enhance the loss of calcium, magnesium, and strontium. Do not directly mix with any calcium, magnesium, or strontium supplement. Best if calcium and carbonate additives are added on alternate days or at least 30 minutes apart.
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