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Old 01-30-2012, 12:06 AM   #11
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Oh, and make sure you're adding a marine buffer, not rift lake or some silly freshwater planted seachem money scheme. I've read some awesome stories about petco employees telling a guy to superglue is bubble tip to the LR. Reef builders makes my day.
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Adding calcium will lower alk, providing mag is at a reasonable level. Ph can be raised by increasing surface agitation (pointing a power head upwards so it breaks the water surface).
unless you have a gas furnace, like mine. Pumping wonderful C02 into the air, crashing my alk all winter long.
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That sounds like a ventilation problem, not a water chemistry problem. I have gas heat as well.
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hmmm, is your furnace old? My landlord hasn't done anything for this bucket since the 60's... which is when she put in the electric stove. (Gas heat, electric stove?) anyways, I dose extra when the heats on to keep it up, otherwise I get funny readings on my kits. I thought it was just an expired kit, but that wasn't the case.
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Lots of food for thought First I'll test again tomorrow - the calcium test was a wee bit more complicated than the standard tests

I have been considering adding another circulation pump. Right now I have just one hydor koralia evolution 550. I would be hesitant to move it as my corals seem to placed pretty good. Would it be okay to add the small nano version and have that pointed towards the water surface?
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hmmm, is your furnace old? My landlord hasn't done anything for this bucket since the 60's... which is when she put in the electric stove. (Gas heat, electric stove?) anyways, I dose extra when the heats on to keep it up, otherwise I get funny readings on my kits. I thought it was just an expired kit, but that wasn't the case.
I hope you have a carbon monoxide alarm. Seriously.
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If you use a reef grade salt mix, it should maintain things for you as Mike stated. Weekly partial water changes are usually all folks need to keep a moderately stocked reef.
Totally agree with this. Maybe I missed it but what brand of salt are you using?
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