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Old 08-15-2013, 06:07 PM   #11
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:28 PM   #12
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It's possible that it could be the salt mix. It's not uncommon to run into a bad bucket here and there.
Yeah, I saw that stuff at my local spot and it was almost twice as much as the others.
How low is your alk dropping?
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:36 PM   #13
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Melosu thanks for the links.

Mr x - it dropped to around 7 (the day my birds nest went) and has dipped to 8-9 on wire a few occasions. I'm hoping to keep it around 11 but can't seem to make that a reality consistently.
*edit 5.6, I just checked my log
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Anything above 9 (170ppm) should be okay IMO.
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The dropping is what killed the birdsnest, not it being 7. I have kept a tank pretty low like that before and didn't have any ill effects from it. Just reread...5.6 might do it. I've never had it that low.
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Anything above 9 (170ppm) should be okay IMO.
I may have to dose still but it's better than struggling to keep it higher.
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Question? Would it b be detrimental to have alk swings of 2 dkh even if they are both in the"acceptable range"?
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I may have to dose still but it's better than struggling to keep it higher.
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Question? Would it b be detrimental to have alk swings of 2 dkh even if they are both in the"acceptable range"?
At all cost, you need to keep the swings down. Don't get in a hurry, you could cause harm in raising it too quickly.
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The dropping is what killed the birdsnest, not it being 7. I have kept a tank pretty low like that before and didn't have any ill effects from it. Just reread...5.6 might do it. I've never had it that low.
I agree, I was on vacation when it happened and although I had someone checking the tank they didn't know how to test anything. My fault totally and lesson learned there.
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+ 1 but a good reef salt mix may even reduce the need of that.
I too had this problem . increase wc i do 40 % every other week ,feed every other day ,changed my salt to instant ocean reef crystals and stopped all of the trace element dosing ..i just add calcium when needed .
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+ 1 but a good reef salt mix may even reduce the need of that.
I too had this problem . increase wc i do 40 % every other week ,feed every other day ,changed my salt to instant ocean reef crystals and stopped all of the trace element dosing ..i just add calcium when needed .
I did buy a good reef salt or at least that is what I had intended to do. I may increase my water changes to 20% but that seems like a lot to do on a weekly basis considering I don't have any other issues really.
I've been doing this for long enough to feel like I know what I'm doing, but I can't seem to get a handle on keeping this one thing consistent. To be honest I was hoping for a quick and easy fix. (Silly me, I should know by now nothing is quick or easy or cheap when it comes to reefs)
I'll continue to check and dose until I can determine a dosing schedule. Thanks for the help and info everyone.
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