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Old 09-29-2003, 06:14 PM   #1
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Coralife Sea Salts

Has anyone else noticed that when using coralife Sea Salt mix that their CA is high... I finally tested a fresh mix of coralife and CA read the same as the readings in my tank CA = 480... I did a search on the web and noticed that the tested levels for Coralife sea salts are around 478.. Why so high??? How can I lower this as I have about 20gals left of mix for my water changes and dont really want to waste the Mix.. I plan On switching to IO after this batch but find it extremely frustrating.. I have emailed info@esuweb.com which is the maker of Coralife to inquire about this but have not heard anything as of yet.. Can someone please help me..


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Old 09-29-2003, 06:33 PM   #2
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Well....coralife is ione of the most inconsistant salts there is, so the next bag will probably be very low....

What is the alkalinity?
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Old 09-29-2003, 06:39 PM   #3
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Alk is 2.5meq which I know is low as well With 480 It should be like 4.5meq I believe... My Corals seem to be doing awesome and almost growing while you watch them but having it high is bothering me... My LFS recommended that I use Sea-Lab No 14ph to correct a low alk and ph issue... I have not really noticed a difference since using it and have stopped using it... It was supposed to restore the natural buffers and control alk...

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I would raise the alk to a level that is in a closer balance and then let the critters in the tank lower the CA and the ALK for me. The biggest danger with that high a CA is a preciptiation event. Ugly but not harmful.
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Old 09-29-2003, 06:51 PM   #5
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I figured that the Corals would drop the CA to acceptable levels Like 430 or so but they have not.. I have been constantly monitoring the levels only to have them stay at 480.. I do water changes weekly which I figured out was probably keeping them there..I am going to try the Sea-Lab No14ph to control the Alk and raise it and see if it works to raise it... Or is there another better way to Raise alk???

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6 parts Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and 1 part Arm & Hammer Washing soda. Mix well and add one table spoon of the mix to RO, RO/DI or Distilled water per 25 gal of tank water to raise DKH 1.0. Again always check pH and Alk.
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Old 09-29-2003, 10:51 PM   #7
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Is this the washing soda you refer to??? It states


Arm & Hammer Detergent Super Washing Soda

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It should not be detergent, and I don't see the word detergent on the box.
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ok yeah thats the stuff i need.. For a proper balance Alk should be 6 meq/l isnt that quite high?? should I take it that high???

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I think as you raise the ALk some of the CA will precipitate, which is kinda what your hoping for. You'll need to monitor the CA ans you raise the ALK, so you don't end up swinging too far the other way and overshoot the balance in the opposite direction. I think if the CA remains at 480 and you bring it up to 6.0 meq/L alk, you will definitely have a large precipitation event (snowstorm) instead of the small one we're shooting for.
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