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Old 01-25-2013, 01:06 AM   #11
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first off, you do not get Coraline from a bottle. Nor will you. You need Coraline to grow Coraline. Go to your local fish store and get a rock with Coraline on it, put it in your tank. This will advance the starting growth of Coraline in your tank. I remember when i first started a tank, it took forever. but it will grow. Come people say you can scrape it off a rock into your tank. But those additives will just screw up your water chemistry. Stop dosing calcium, (Which i would assume you are adding due to such a high value). Just do water changes regularly. You should maintain between 420-480ppm calcium, and 8-10 dKH Alkalinity. Your Coraline should grow at this point, and any corals you may have. Word of advice: If you cant test for it, DON'T add it to your tank.
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I haven't dosed a single thing yet. I guess I dont have a test for alkalinity ... I'm using the API reef master and marine master test kit.. My ph is 8.2. Carb hard is 12.. Calcium is 560. And nitrite nitrate and ammonia are all zero. Well ammonia went up. It's between 0 and .25..... API kit said .25... The strips said 0... So I'll go between.... Lol
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Carb hard is alkalinity. What salt are you using. I tried redsea coral pro and got results like you. Had to switch back to regular instant ocean. Other salts just put too much of calcium,alkalinity, and magnesium in my water. If you need a test kit or salt, get them from www.thereefspot.com. quality test kits get you quality results. API works for beginners, but is a little to inaccurate for me.
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I'm using the 6 gallon bucket of oceanic ... Couple guys in my area are using the same n have great things going on in there tank..
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I would recommend Instant Ocean Salt. The purple box. It is inexpensive and gives great results without the over-addition of elements. I suggest getting a new test kit if your going to be serious about keeping a reef. API will get you started, but seems to get more and more inaccurate as you use it and it ages. RedSea makes a great kit for the basic elements, and a good kit for Nitrate. If you have nitrates, generally your Ammonia and Nitrites are going to be Zero unless your adding something uncured to the tank, such as live rock that's dead, but was once live. Here are a few to look at.
RedSea Nitrate Pro Kit
Red Sea Reef Foundation Pro Ca/Alk/Mg Multi Test Kit

These two are worth every penny and i keep a very successful SPS Dominate Reef with them.

I use the purple regular Instant Ocean Salt mix, and I add calcium and alkalinity suppliments as needed using these REEF Products:
Seachem Reef Fusion Two Part System 1 & 2 Calcium and Carbonate Supplement - 4 Liter each

Now, There are smaller bottle available, I just buy these ones because I intend to use a lot of it. I do not have automatic dosers, so these work great for me. As you can see, my tank is about 7-8 months old, and im just starting to grow the coraline. So be patient, and you will be rewarded.

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Thank you! I will look into those kits! And your tank looks very nice! Mine is pretty bare right now. Only 50lbs of rock. I came home last night and my tank was slightly a white cloud. And my three Kenya's were just flopped over... Tested everything and all came out fine... All my friends tell me the same.. Just wait.. Just wait. Be patient.. Lol it's killing me!! Lol

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The API calcium test is off, as stated previously. Oceanic is high in calcium, but not that high. What kind of lights are they? LED flood lights?
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Yes they are. Supposedly .... They are 50w 12 and 14 k lights.. Lights on each end are 12k light in middle is 14k.. Seem to b working very nicely.. I just need to build a new canopy and elevate them another 6 inches
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Did you happen to get any PAR readings from them? Where are you located?
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No. I don't have a par meter. Don't know of anyone in the area.. I live in north central Illinois
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