Boost pH+ is a completely new kind of additive from Brightwell Aquatics with one simple goal, to raise the pH of reef aquarium water without affecting alkalinity. The growth of aquarium corals is inextricably linked to the pH of the water they are living in and we’ve exhaustively preached the benefits of keeping pH at 8.2 or above.
In the reef aquarium hobby, common wisdom preaches that the three primary ways to increase pH is to increase alkalinity, reduce carbon dioxide, and/or to dose kalkwasser which has some affect on the first two practices. But in some cases where alkalinity is already high and an algae scrubber is doing all it can to absorb carbon dioxide, reef aquarists still struggle to keep a pH range higher than 8.0 to 8.2, particularly in tanks with a lot of fish.
So if you already have high enough alkalinity, use a macro algae scrubber, and have your protein skimmer intake fresh air from outside but can’t get your pH reliably above 8.0, Brightwell Aquatics Boost pH+ will help you reach the golden zone of 8.2 to 8.5. Brightwell uses a specific combination of Sodium Hydroxide and Potassium Hydroxide to elevate reef aquarium pH without increasing calcium or alkalinity.
The Hydroxides are the OH- also found in Calcium Hydroxide which helps raise pH in our aquariums and while it may not raise alkalinity directly, it will prevent the carbonate component of alkalinity in aquarium water from being depleted as quickly, resulting in higher pH. We’re very curious and interested in testing out the new Boost pH+ additive from Brightwell Aquatics because we’ve always been keen to keep our pH as high as possible, in order to grow our corals as fast as possible.