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Old 05-06-2012, 10:39 AM   #1
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Iv had several calcium requiring coral for awhile.
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They all are growing, not super fast but growing. I was getting worried that I might be depleTing calcium. Last water change I did was a week and a half ago. So I did tests today and calcium was +520. Does this sound right? I'm using reef crystals. Thanks in advance supra
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That's a little on the high side for what Reef Cyrstals usually mixes to (it's usually around 490), but considering the accuracy of most hobby grade test kits, that's about right.
Are you currently dosing any calcium supplement?
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Hm, for a 25g that is alot. I would get something started so you can either dose or have a reactor.
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It's a 40 breeder, haven't updated lately. No I'm not dosing anything, I was thinking I would have to start soon, but I guess not? Wouldn't that many skeletal corals have some sort of drop in calcium?
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Are they frags or small still because it takes a good bit of coral growth to deplete your Ca..I have 21 corals (frags) I believe that need calcium for skeletal growth and water changes bi weekly have been enough to keep Ca up even with my alk at 4.5 meq/l
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Yes they are all small, no big colonies, guess I'll just keep an eye in it and when it starts to drop ill deal with it then
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Yeah, you should be ok in terms of calcium and not need to dose.
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What your alk at?? Usually when ur calciumia that high ur alk is low which is a problem
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whatever you decided to go with, eventually you'll be dosing something. My suggestion is that you buffer an auto top off system. Corals like stability above all else, and dosing your main tank (sump included) causes ph swings. The fastest, healthiest growth comes from very (unnaturally) stable tanks running dosing pumps or reactors. My el cheapo way is to gravity feed an auto top off that I add my buffer to
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My ak was at 7, a tad low, I was gonna dose kalk in my ato. 7 isn't that bad is?
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