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Old 07-03-2004, 02:28 AM   #1
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Got my Kalkwasser dripping but.....

So I have a 5 gallon Mrs. Wages drip up and running my calcium was 400 today after less the 24 hours but my DKH was only about 6.5-7 and PH was normal at 8.4 Is there a reason my DKH dropped? and what can I do ? I added reef builder to raise the DKH, is that ok?

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Old 07-03-2004, 09:16 AM   #2
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Well, first, a balanced DKH for 400ppm CA is 5.6, so your still in good shape there. Did you do anything else to try and bring the CA up? I seem to remember you posting that the CA was 350 before you started dripping Kalk, 50ppm rise in ca would likely have an adverse effect on the ALK.


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Old 07-03-2004, 09:21 AM   #3
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Did you check your calcium and alkalinity to establish a baseline prior to the start of your kalk drip?
You should adjust your baseline so that you have these minimum levels so that the kalk drip maintains the levels. Calcium should have been 400 - 450, Alkalinity between 8 - 10 DKH and PH between 8.0 - 8.2
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