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Old 09-13-2011, 07:29 AM   #1171
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what salt mix are you using?
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:15 PM   #1172
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what salt mix are you using?
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:25 PM   #1173
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Thanks, I've seen that picture, it's just that I've seen so many pictures and with the variety I've seen of Aiptasia I wasn't sure. I did more research and it resembles fan worms more.

Did water testing before water change (about 10%).

Results:
Temp 76.8 (not shabby - set for 77)
Salinity 1.025
TDS of RO/DI output .3
Ammonia 0---woohoo
pH 8.6----too high
Nitrite 0---woohoo
Nitrate 40ppm---too high
Calcium 440ppm
KH 5.6 dKH ---ugg still low
Alk 2.04 meg/l ---ugg still low

Still don't understand that pH ---today ro/di water was 6.8 before salt and 8.6 after salt. The other day it was 7.5 before salt and 8.7 after salt.

I don't like that I may have to start dosing with only 3 corals, some clean up crew and no fish yet.

Any suggestions guys??
Fan worms usually have feathery tentacles, where aiptaisia being an anemone doesn't have feathers on their tentacles.
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:08 PM   #1174
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then you don't have a calcium level of 440. last study i saw put reef crystals calcium numbers in the high 300s, and kh of 12. surely a container could be off due to settling, but that's the norm. do you have a local reefer near by who will test your water and you can compare results?
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:14 PM   #1175
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then you don't have a calcium level of 440. last study i saw put reef crystals calcium numbers in the high 300s, and kh of 12. surely a container could be off due to settling, but that's the norm. do you have a local reefer near by who will test your water and you can compare results?
What salt do you recommend mr_x?
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whichever you like. i usually alternate. whatever reef salt is available at the time.
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whichever you like. i usually alternate. whatever reef salt is available at the time.
And then you would dose what you need to get to the ppm you want?
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And then you would dose what you need to get to the ppm you want?
I have to use a dosing pump and have B-Ionic running 24/7, then use Kalkwasser at night to raise calcium even more and stabilize Ph. The two part compounds are useful for maintaining calcium/Kh daily, but you need something like Kalkwasser or calcium reactor to get the calcium and Kh levels up to where you want them for SPS corals. B-Ionic won't cut it by itself in my opinion. Kalkwasser is easy to set up and I have used it for many years.
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i miss my emerald crabby. mr. crabs. he passed when my tank was CRASHING TOUUUGH, so i rushed and put all my livestock in a 1 week old 40 breeder. i lost mr. crabs and my pulsing anthilia (sp?) but everything else lived somehow. nitrates and nitrites WAY outta control, and errythin lived!
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Fan worms usually have feathery tentacles, where aiptaisia being an anemone doesn't have feathers on their tentacles.
Thanks, that's what I thought I saw but this doesn't have feathery. I'll just wait and see what happens.

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then you don't have a calcium level of 440. last study i saw put reef crystals calcium numbers in the high 300s, and kh of 12. surely a container could be off due to settling, but that's the norm. do you have a local reefer near by who will test your water and you can compare results?
I used the Salifert Calcium Test, and did the "1/2" test so I multiplied by 2. I got close the the same results last time too. Both with Calcium and Alkalinity.

No I don't have a local reefer near me to test :-(

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I have to use a dosing pump and have B-Ionic running 24/7, then use Kalkwasser at night to raise calcium even more and stabilize Ph. The two part compounds are useful for maintaining calcium/Kh daily, but you need something like Kalkwasser or calcium reactor to get the calcium and Kh levels up to where you want them for SPS corals. B-Ionic won't cut it by itself in my opinion. Kalkwasser is easy to set up and I have used it for many years.
I was going to be doing more research on the reactors and dosing but hadn't gotten that far because I only have 3 corals. I shouldn't have to be dosing or anything like that yet. At least I don't think I should anyway.

I mean I'm not adding ANYTHING to my tank water other than when I mix my salt water for the change. The saltwater is made prior to doing water change. I mix it, heat it to the right temp, then let it mix about an hour after temp so I can make sure I have the right salinity. Then I change out the water. (I am only changing out about 7.5 gallons a week right now).
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