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Old 01-19-2014, 05:12 PM   #21
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thats great. what type of salt do you use? i use seachem reef crystals and tested a new batch last night noticed the parameters were off. i got ca 480 alk 6.3 dkh and mg 1050 using quality test kits.
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I have used kalkwasser for a long time. It certainly stimulates hard coral growth.
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:11 PM   #23
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The only way your water changes will lose the battle is if the tank is loaded with giant sps colonies. In that case you will need to supplement. Reasonably stocked reef tanks should be fine with a weekly water change regimen.
I use a different salt each time. My theory is, what one salt lacks, another makes up for. It's been working well so far. Oceanic, Seachem Reef, Reef crystals, Kent, Coralife, Red Sea, Tropic Marin, D&D....

Agreed. Now if the OP wants to move to SPS it might not be a horrible idea.
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I have used kalkwasser for a long time. It certainly stimulates hard coral growth.

What's your kalk regiment?
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I add about a half gallon of limewater to my 450 gallon system slowly every night.
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:52 PM   #26
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The only way your water changes will lose the battle is if the tank is loaded with giant sps colonies. In that case you will need to supplement. Reasonably stocked reef tanks should be fine with a weekly water change regimen.
I use a different salt each time. My theory is, what one salt lacks, another makes up for. It's been working well so far. Oceanic, Seachem Reef, Reef crystals, Kent, Coralife, Red Sea, Tropic Marin, D&D....
wow i only have 3 different salts available at my lfs. i may look into the h2o reef salt. its expensive but may be less expensive then having to add supplements to each fresh batch i make
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so its been a while.. but ive got my parameters up to alk 10 ca 460 and mg 1350. now ill stop supplementing and just do weekly water changes testing the new mixes before i add them. ill test my tank parameters in a month or so and see if this works for me.
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What test kits are you using?
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hanna instruments alk, salifert mg, think ca is red sea not sure
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ok so i seem to have a major issue with keeping stable parameters. it has now been 6 weeks since i stopped supplementing and started just doing weekly water changes using h2 ocean salt mix. my alk has dropped from 10dkh to 5 dkh. i am confident in these results. what the hell is going on??? my ph has also dropped to 7.75-8
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