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Old 02-04-2016, 02:32 PM   #11
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The salt settles on the instant ocean buckets (I would presume the same of other kinds as well). My readings got crazy when I got to the bottom of a bucket that I hadn't mixed.
So I should do a huge water change in hopes things level out?
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about to just give up....

IO also sells salt in bags for those of us with enough buckets already. Each bag does 50 gallons. That also prevents settling. JMO but I doubt salt is your problem. Calcium and/or alkalinity levels can raise havoc.

After 25 years, my reef started to go downhill. I checked everything. Then I sent a water sample to Triton for a real lab measurement. My Hanna calcium meter turned out to be mental and my calcium was really under 200. Made the corrections Triton recommended and we are back on track again.


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At this point I'm about to give up. I bought a brand new bucket of salt. Shook the hell out of it. Bought all new ro/di membrane, carbon block and di resin, Did a 35% water change, took the skimmer down and cleaned it with vinegar, cleaned the mp10's and everything. Next day they look worse. It seems like the more I clean the more they die, or the more I let it go the more they die. What the heck is it. NOTHING has changed in 5 years!! My torch coral is HUGE and just fine. It's only my duncans, froggies and hammers.

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Well it has to be something, and I will say as someone who was supported by you when I was frustrated when I first started to not give up.
How about we get some real brains behind this? Why not get your water tested by someone like Triton and we get a break down of every single element in your water column? I think a 50 dollar test is worth your system's inhabitants and your frustrations.

EDIT: Didn't realize Greg had mentioned it in the post above. I really think we should bite the bullet on this one.
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Well it has to be something, and I will say as someone who was supported by you when I was frustrated when I first started to not give up.
How about we get some real brains behind this? Why not get your water tested by someone like Triton and we get a break down of every single element in your water column? I think a 50 dollar test is worth your system's inhabitants and your frustrations.

EDIT: Didn't realize Greg had mentioned it in the post above. I really think we should bite the bullet on this one.
Yea after all the money I just spent I'll go ahead and get a in depth answer. Thanks
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