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Old 11-23-2011, 01:42 PM   #11
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Nice, I'll look into doing that.
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:44 PM   #12
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Alk is around 160ppm
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Old 11-23-2011, 02:13 PM   #13
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Get a mg test kit. Once mg is depleted it takes tons to bring it back up. I used two bottles of kent tech m and I still dose daily
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:51 PM   #14
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My LFS told me that doing the water changes would bring the mg back up and also replace all the trace elements that's lost. But hasnt helped so far. I'll get a test kit and test for mg.
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Your alk is pretty much perfect. 160ppm = 8.96 dKH.
I still question the calcium test result. Using Instant Ocean you should see calcium around 400.
Mix up a batch of fresh saltwater and test it. You should see around 400 calcium, 196 ppm (11 dKH) alk and 1350 mag.
What's your salinity(SG)?

I highly recommend the new Hanna electronic test kits. They cost around $50 each, but they give you a digital readout of your parameters. No guessing what the color is.
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Those seem really nice. And the price isn't horrible either.
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I have the hanna phosphate checker and couldnt live without it. lol I plan on getting the calcium and alkalinity ones very soon.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:49 PM   #18
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Alright so I checked my saltwater makeup. SG was 1.025. And calcium was 410 on my test. I did a 50% water change earlier today and I checked my aquarium water also
SG 1.026
Ph 8.3
Nitrate 0
Nitrite 0
Ammonia 0
Calcium 300
Alkalinity 160
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I don't know how your calcium can be that low after a 50% water change. It's a matter of simple math. Your tank water would have had to been at 200 ppm calcium. 200 (50% of old water) + 400 (50% new water added) = 600 ppm ÷ 2 (for average reading) = 300 ppm.
Anyway, if it's really 300, go to your LFS and look for Kent Turbo Calcium. It's calcium chloride pellets. Use that to raise your calcium up to around 400 and then regular water changes should keep it in that range.
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