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Old 06-14-2006, 04:10 PM   #11
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i use Instant Ocean only and it only bumps my levels up to 160, i need 400-450
I've been using IO for years. IO tests at 340-350ppm CA right out of the box. Adding some CA to your fresh saltwater is a good way to solve this. If your tank water is reading 160 you need to bring that up w/ an additive. PWC's would take a very long time and a lot of hassle to correct that low a number w/ any salt mix.
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hmm, I'll order some of that oceanic stuff you guys talk to highly about
Be cautious. Changing salt mixes can/will stress animals especially inverts. If you do switch do it gradually through small PWC's.
FWIW I don't like Oceanic!
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dont they have IO "reef salt"
Yes-IO Reef Crystals. I just got a bucket of it. It test the same on CA as regular IO.
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Does CC add to calcium? I'm just curious since that is really what CC is...a lot of calcium buildup....right?
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Does CC add to calcium?
AFAIK no. Only when the PH falls below a certain level will the carbonates dissolve into the water and boost the Alk/Ph. It's not just CC- aragonite sand, LR will also do this.
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OK, thanks MT!!!
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