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Old 12-17-2006, 01:26 AM   #1
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Alkalinity/Calcium too high?

Here are my water results:

Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0.1
Nitrate 25
PH 8.15
Alkalinity 8.5
Calcium 436
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Seems fine to me. Your calcium and alkalinity are right in the middle of what anyone would consider a good range for those readings. A water change will bring your nitrates down.
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I agree that your calcium is sitting pretty. Mine stays around 450 with weekly PWC`s. As DT said it will also bring down your nitrates.
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Also looks like the tank is still in the process of cycling..TRITE at .1?? You should have 0 Ammonia and TRITES..just an observation.
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And a good one at that. He`s right they need to be at 0
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Old 12-18-2006, 02:16 PM   #6
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thanks for the info guys - I'm new to saltwater and was concerned about the alkalinity, I had read that it should be lower than that - but maybe i need to re-read that chapter :p

I have this green film of algae growin on the sand and window (and rock), I had read that it's normal with higher nitrates. Will the green stuff dissipate with the reduction in Nitrates, or will that be taken care of by the cleaning crew?
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Your nitrAtes are probably contributing to the algae bloom, phosphates will also contribute. I wouldn't put any living animals in your tank until the nitrItes are at 0 and your nitrAtes are less than 20ppm.
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What units is the alkalinity measurement in?
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Yeah, that's really high. Have you been adding anything to the tank?
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