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Old 05-22-2012, 07:13 PM   #11
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As I said, your calcium test is questionable to say the least. Instant Ocean mixes to 400 ppm calcium. Now, for every 20ppm of calcium that is "lost", 2.7 dKH of alk MUST go with it. If you lost 200 ppm of calcium, then you must have lost 27 dKH of alk....which is impossible since there isn't that much alk to begin with.
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Okay yeah I'm pretty sure the calcium test is inaccurate. I'd get a different brand to test it, but do you think it's necessary? A lot of people have told me calcium doesn't matter for a FOWLR setup.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:23 PM   #13
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Okay yeah I'm pretty sure the calcium test is inaccurate. I'd get a different brand to test it, but do you think it's necessary? A lot of people have told me calcium doesn't matter for a FOWLR setup.
No calcium does not matter. You do not need another calcium test.

220 would be low for a reef tank but your not running a reef so it has no consequence.
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Really? Great! That's a weight off my mind lol. What about alkalinity? Should I be testing that too or just pH and nitrates when the cycle is done?

Thanks for all your help. I'm new to saltwater, so all help is appreciated.
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Just keep doing partial water changes and your parameters will stay right where you need them. Instant Ocean is a fine salt to use. I use it and this is the result.
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Wow! That is a gorgeous tank! I want something like that one day, but since I'm new to saltwater I'm starting with a small FOWLR tank. Just out of curiosity, what fish do you have in there?

So should I test alkalinity like once a month or so just to make sure or not at all? I'll be doing weekly water changes. I was thinking about 50% each week. Is that good or is even less a sufficient amount?
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Thanks. I only have a few fish. A yellow tang, Atlantic blue tang, spotted bristletooth tang, Lamarck angel, mated pair of Clarkii clowns and a yellow watchman gogy.

If you do a 10%-20% water change every week you will be fine. Good Luck!
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Thanks a bunch! it's a relief to know I was worrying over nothing. I'll post pictures once everyone is settled in the tank. It's not a very impressive setup, but it's okay
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