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Old 11-29-2013, 10:53 PM   #11
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My cal is 380, alk is 3 and my mag is 1200
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:57 PM   #12
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From what test kits? Those numbers don't sound believable tbh. I'd want to blame a bad test before anything...do a large water change if true and it should fix it...what brand of salt are you using?
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:03 PM   #13
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I was using an API then was told they weren't that good so I went and bought a Red Sea pro test kit today and they were the numbers I got. I use instant ocean mix I don't know I'm going to do like you said tomorrow I will do a big water change and test again maybe I'm not doing something right I followed the directions lol. I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:06 PM   #14
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I will let you know tomorrow what my numbers are after the water change. Thanks for helping me try and figure this out
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:11 PM   #15
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What is your salinity at by the way? Are you keeping it high enough? I ask because the numbers the salt mix will add to those parameters is based on you using enough salt mix, if you dont have high enough salinity then you arent adding enough salt and therefore are not getting the benefit of the numbers it provides. Salt mixes are supposed to keep or get those numbers to a specific stable and constant number.

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Old 11-29-2013, 11:17 PM   #16
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I will let you know tomorrow what my numbers are after the water change. Thanks for helping me try and figure this out
I know I have heard different pros and cons with all salt .
I use the aqua vitro .
It is a little more expensive .( $65 for a 35 lb bucket ) but it's apparently higher quality I've never tested mag , alk or cal .
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:19 PM   #17
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You said your salt seems "clumpy" like it got wet correct? If that is the case then that can really throw off the levels in the salt. When you mix that salt does the water it makes have a murky look or a lot of sediment building up on the bottom of your mix container?
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Old 11-30-2013, 12:57 PM   #18
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Yes I did notice stuff on the bottom. I have a 30g tank set up and mixing my new salt now I'm going to let it run for about 2 more hours and then do my water change with it and I will let you all no what my numbers are. Will. 30g be a big enough water Change in my 75
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:07 PM   #19
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Test the water you're making before you do your water change. This will give you a definitive answer as to whether or not the salt is the issue.
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Instant ocean is not as close to NSW as salts labeled "reef" grade. It's alk is usually ok but calcium is a bit low. All this will do is slow growth though- it's not going to kill anything. I would change to reef crystals or another reef grade mix. This should give you readings much closer to NSW.
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