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Old 08-10-2012, 12:16 PM   #21
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You'll want to try to maintain magnesium at 3x the level of your calcium by the way
Hmm, ok. So is there a good kit I should use, or are they all ok.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:18 PM   #22
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It is a bit high but I do believe that the elevated calcium levels could be the reason for that but I may be wrong
That would make sence
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Hmm, ok. So is there a good kit I should use, or are they all ok.
Digital tests are the only ones that are accurate enough for phosphates imo
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Digital tests are the only ones that are accurate enough for phosphates imo
Wait I thought we were talking about magnesium.
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:32 PM   #25
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Wait I thought we were talking about magnesium.
Oh, well for mag you could use red sea, or salifert test. There are a few others but I don't have any experience with them.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:30 PM   #26
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My ph is at 8.86. I use a hand held Hanna digital meter. It has always been high since I got the tank so I think that it might be out of calibration a bit. It has been very steady in this range ever since I got the tank. I hadn't thought to test my rodi water for calcium before mixing. Just assumed that since my tds was so low that there couldn't be calcium in my water.
I did not mean the RO water, what does the calcium level of new saltwater look like before adding to the tank? The PH of 8.8 is way too high unless you're meter is off. I would try to get a correct PH measurement ASAP.
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I suspect your test kits or your use of them. It is VERY hard to get calcium up to the levels you report. You would have to be dosing calcium and/or Kalkwasser. I do both and get a calcium reading of 500. But I am growing a lot of hard corals. And keep my magnesium levels up to match. I suspect your reading. Take a water sample to the LFS and ask them to test it for you.
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I suspect your test kits or your use of them. It is VERY hard to get calcium up to the levels you report. You would have to be dosing calcium and/or Kalkwasser. I do both and get a calcium reading of 500. But I am growing a lot of hard corals. And keep my magnesium levels up to match. I suspect your reading. Take a water sample to the LFS and ask them to test it for you.
My guess as well, either test kits or bad saltmix most likely. Probably need to eliminate these 2 possibilities first.
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Not that hard surprisingly I had mine up to like 590 from using purple up every day and doing regular water changesmy buddy had the same problem
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Mind you I keep my salinity high around 1.026-1.027 usuwslly on the higher side unless mu protien skimmer went crazy and skimmed to much
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