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Old 03-18-2013, 06:51 PM   #11
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Also I don't have a test for my magnesium but will order one and will have my LFS test for it. But if it is high what should I do and is it bad?
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:08 PM   #12
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Also I don't have a test for my magnesium but will order one and will have my LFS test for it. But if it is high what should I do and is it bad?
I'm not sure there is anything you can do to lower magnesium if you're not dosing it. Corals will absorb it to help with absorbing carbonates. That is why the reef salt you've switched too has it included. Of course there is one easy way to lower magnesium; add more corals to absorb more magnesium. I should try that on my wife because my mag level is elevated slightly. "honey, we HAVE to go get a coupe more corals."
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And i read you just ordered more frags. That will even things out eventually, frags tend to arrive "asleep" and then start absorbing calc and alk at greater rates after they're more established. If you want to lower your levels immediately got can do a water change, but if you're just adding water that mixes too high it won't fix the problem
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Mine was the same on startup using oceanic salt but now that I'm adding corals it's using up the calcium is dropping
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API test kit? I'm in agreement that your test kit is probably off.
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Yes api but had LFS test and same results 520 calcium and 11 dkh
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It's not possible, unless they used an API test kit as well. The calcium test in API's reef master kit is garbage IMO/IME. I'm betting your CA is in the high 300's.
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It's not possible, unless they used an API test kit as well. The calcium test in API's reef master kit is garbage IMO/IME. I'm betting your CA is in the high 300's.
Nope took it to another lfs they use salifert test kits and tested 440 calcium and 11 dkh but who knows I'm not really worried about it anymore all my inhabitants are doing great and coral is growing.
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