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Old 08-15-2005, 11:51 PM   #11
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I use IO Reef Crystals. That starts off with a higher Ca but I'm, ironically, having a hard time keeping my alk up. I found my mag slightly low so I've tried bumping that. Hopefully the alk will hold a bit better now.
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Old 08-16-2005, 12:01 AM   #12
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I use IO Reef Crystals. That starts off with a higher Ca
What are the numbers out of the box-Ca/Alk? I have been curious for awhile about IO Reef Crystals but have never come across any numbers. Thanks
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Old 08-16-2005, 12:05 AM   #13
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Next time I mix some up I'll run the gammut and post them up. Sweet cap, btw. That's just gorgeous! Purple rim? What size tank is it in?
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Old 08-16-2005, 12:10 AM   #14
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I have been using SeaTest kit for my calcium.
I would be leary of the results. Every post I've read mentioning IO and Ca has ended w/ the words "on the low side". I've been using it for 2 years and I have never had Ca measure above 375ppm using Seachem tests. Who knows-maybe you got a "good" bag lol.
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Is changing from oceanic to IO a bad choice. I have never had issues with low calcium and do not dose anything.
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Old 08-16-2005, 12:13 AM   #16
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Next time I mix some up I'll run the gammut and post them up.
Thanks. I think many will find it useful/informative.
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Sweet cap, btw. That's just gorgeous! Purple rim? What size tank is it in?
Thank you very much! No purple rim and it's in a 55gal w/ MH.
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Is changing from oceanic to IO a bad choice
I was going to recommend you do plenty of research so you will not want to switch in the future when there is more at stake. IO is great IMO-once the Ca is bumped up. If I where you I would look into IO Reef Crystal(can't wait for the numbers on that), Kents, Tropic Marin also.
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Old 08-16-2005, 12:17 AM   #18
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I've also used Salifert for calcium and it always gave me the same results.

Brenden, I don't think it's a bad choice. If you try it and don't like it, switch back. This is what I did, only reversed.
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I've also used Salifert for calcium and it always gave me the same results.
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Old 08-16-2005, 10:25 AM   #20
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I used to use IO too.....hated that my alk and Ca were always low. I did a search on here and saw a thread about everyone posting numbers on salts right out of the tub.....everyone was ranting and raving about Kent, so I switched. I haven't looked back since. My Ca and alk are both great now, don't have to dose anything....life is good. Of course it's also a bonus that my LFS carries it, too. I say go Kent!
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