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Old 09-11-2011, 11:51 PM   #21
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The goby went missing about a week ago.. Parameters have been normal range .. I still keep testing water parameters every three days or so.

On Friday evening when I came home I noticed the corals seemed to b kinda melting away n foul fishy smell. Tested everything n the only thing that was up was the nitrates 40 ppm.. I last tested on Tuesday... So started to collect rodi water.

When I do water changes I use rodi water n since I can only make but so much water,I change about 50 gallons at a time but let it sit overnight with pump running so that the salt mixes well.
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I use Marin tropic salt
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Mr x ....Thank u for your help/ support during my loss ;(
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it's no problem. i just wish i could have been a bigger help. large water changes are the only thing i can say at this point. sorry for your trouble.
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it's no problem. i just wish i could have been a bigger help. large water changes are the only thing i can say at this point. sorry for your trouble.

I use the expensive testing kit for CA and MAG - it comes in Gray box (forgot the brand) but they go for about $35 each.

Should I also buy the expensive kits for other parameters? which do you recomment Mr. X?
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I think you have a chain reaction happening. MrX is right, immediate water changes. The first fish fouled the water enough for the soft corals to collapse, then they really fouled the water. In my humble opinion, salinity or PH rapid changes could have set the whole thing off.
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i don't know what test kits come in a gray box. i like salifert kits-
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i would only buy the calcium kit actually.
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i don't know what test kits come in a gray box. i like salifert kits-
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i would only buy the calcium kit actually.

yeap thats the one I have for CA and MAG...


which one should I use for the other parameters?
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i always used the API kit for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. i don't test for anything else besides the usual calcium, alk, and mag. actually, mag about every 6 months once my system is stable.
so, you are getting a reading of 500 calcium and a kh of 11? that doesn't sound possible.with a true calcium level of 500, your kh should be somewhere around 5. at least that's what i have been seeing. i wonder if the test kit is bad. any expiration date on it?
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i always used the API kit for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. i don't test for anything else besides the usual calcium, alk, and mag. actually, mag about every 6 months once my system is stable.
so, you are getting a reading of 500 calcium and a kh of 11? that doesn't sound possible.with a true calcium level of 500, your kh should be somewhere around 5. at least that's what i have been seeing. i wonder if the test kit is bad. any expiration date on it?

i dont think it has an expiration dte... but Ill check as soon as I get home. I use the API test kit for the same parameters you use... and Salifert for CA and MAG.... thanks again. and will keep you posted.
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