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Old 02-17-2007, 08:35 PM   #11
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thanks ! yeah i have the calculator from another post i have it all set . going to dose it.

my alk kit is from seachem that has it in meg/l each drop is .5 meg/l and i had 10 drops or 11 so i took that divided by half since its .5 and got 5-6 meg/l
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Old 02-18-2007, 12:07 AM   #12
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my alk kit is from seachem that has it in meg/l each drop is .5 meg/l and....
Gotcha- I've done the same thing. Seachem is a good test kit, no need for another then. 5-6 meg/l Alk is definitely on the high side. I did not know TM was so high.? I'm not sure I'd like that too much. 4.5 meg/l would be about the highest I'd comfortably go in the tank. 3-4 meg/l is about average IME.
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Old 02-18-2007, 03:13 AM   #13
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if i boost my ca will that drop my alk ?


i need to lower my alk and raise my ca so maybe i can balance it out by raising my ca? is this true ?
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if i boost my ca will that drop my alk ?
No. Lowering numbers is often more effort than it's worth or impossible.
Like I said, I've never heard of TM salt having issues w/ high Alk. Maybe you should try another Alk test on new SW to be sure of your original result. A reference test, supplied w/ the kit, may be a good idea as well to be sure it's not bad.
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Old 02-19-2007, 02:02 AM   #15
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That is not exactally true ....In my tank all of the LR I had NONE had coraline algea
It had to be introduced into the system some how. Maybe it was in a nook on a piece of rock or bleached/faded and you missed it, possibly on a coral frag you added, or spores floating in some LFS water that was introduced to your system. It has to come from somewhere.
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I think the tap water may be causing the high alk readings. I've been having the same problems, having a reading of around 16-17 dKh (and around 500 ppm Ca). But it seems a few days after a water change the levels balance out fine to around 12 dKh and 450 ppm Ca.

I also use tap water in my tank.
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I think the tap water may be causing the high alk readings.
Great catch DT. Very possible.
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Old 02-19-2007, 08:24 AM   #18
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ok so i tested my tank the day after of my pwc with tropic marin salt. 55 reef did a 20 percent change roughly 10g,

ca 360
dkh 9
ph 8.4
mg 1100

no3, no4 po4, 0.0


i bought some kents turbo calc. going to try to get my ca up there to 420 ish

i have a question i havd a KH test kit that measures DKH and i have a alkalinity test kit that measures in meg/l

is these one in the same ? dkh is alkalinity?
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dKH and meq/L are both units of alkalinity. 2.8 dKH is equal to 1.0 meq/L.
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bought some kents turbo calc. going to try to get my ca up there to 420 ish
Do that and your ready go. Good luck
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