Originally Posted by tbrock
ok i got an alkalinity test kit. my water is at 5.5 meq/L (whatever that means). the instruction book says it should be between 2.5 and 5. So, both my clacium and alkalinity are high? what should i do next?
If that's your tank numbers, please post the saltmix numbers as well. As seaham358
pointed out, Oceanic is typically high on the Ca
low to normal on the alk
. This will help determine where the high numbers are coming from and possible solutions.
If i switch salts, do i just do it all at once? LIke for my next water change just use all different salt?
If you make the desicion to switch, you should never use the old one as well. Start fresh with your newly chosen brand only
. Use the old one to salt the walk in the winter
When transitioning salts, it must be done very very slowly. If you would normally do 10% weekly changes, do 5% instead. Keep going at the slower rate for a good 6-8 weeks and then slowly increase the amount until your back up to the normal routine. Each salt being different chemically both minor and trace elements, it allows the animals to transition without alot of stress. This is especially important if you have SPS
or clams but still a good pratice otherwise.
What is alk measured in when you say 9-11? my instructions came with a chart of 5 different measurements, i didnt know which one to post on here.
9-11 would be a measure of DKH
. Post whichever value you are comfortable with, 5.5 mEq/l translates into 15.4 DKH
(5.5 x 2.8 ). Personally I would never suggest keeping the alk
above much more than 3ish mEq/l. There's little point ans does not directly benefit anything.