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Old 01-09-2007, 05:43 PM   #1
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balanced alk/Ca

I read that a “balanced” Ca/Alk for a Ca of 400 would be an Alk of 1.96 meq/l. My Alk is 4.5 meq/l is there any way to lower Alk?
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The ideal alkalinity level is 3.0 meq/L to 4.0 meq/L or 7-10 dKH.
The ideal calcium concentration is about 400 mg/L.

Your Alk is fine at 4.5 meq/l and regular pwc will "normalize" it further.
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Your Alk is fine at 4.5 meq/l and regular pwc will "normalize" it further.
I agree. Here is a link.

http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-05/rhf/index.php
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Agree. As long as you're in the shaded box in this article...

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/nov2002/chem.htm

... you're in good shape. The "balance" point you refer to is a line that's in between the two lines shown on the graph in that article. It's only a theoretical point and if you're there - cool, but if not no worries.
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