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Old 06-15-2005, 09:05 PM   #1
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My calcium is at about 520 according to theaquarium pharmaceuticals test kit. Is there any way i can lower it?
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Old 06-15-2005, 09:31 PM   #2
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Water changes are usually the best method as long as it tests in the right range.

You should also determine how it got that high. Dosing, low alk, low Mg and so on...

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I've been using aragamilk because i thought it was supposed to balance clacium and alkalinity, could that be the problem? All other levels are good, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate are 0 and ph is 8.2.
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what about alkalinity levels?
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Old 06-15-2005, 11:42 PM   #5
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well, my lfs doesnt have an alkalinity test kit so i dont know, but would alkalinity be low if calcium is high?
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you need to get some test kits and test the water on a regular basis. You should never add anything to the tank unless you can test the water so you know how much product to add. Stop adding that stuff till you can get some test kits. Is 520 critical IMO no, is it something that needs to be addressed yes.
What type of salt are you using? Ocieanic runs a higher Cal level then most.
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Order and alk test kit. There's no way to say 'if cal is high alk must be low'...way too many variables, plus magnesium plays a big role in keeping cal/alk balanced.

if you had a low alk, and couldn't raise it, then you'd also need a Mg test kit to confirma low Mg level...thought typically regular water changes will keep Mg at a proper level.
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I've been using aragamilk because i thought it was supposed to balance clacium and alkalinity, could that be the problem? All other levels are good, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate are 0 and ph is 8.2.
As well as the above, you may also need to get seperate additives for the alk and Ca. Balanced additives are great but if the chemistry is imbalanced, the additive you are using in particular will not be able to fix the problem. It will actually make it worse. Once you know the alk level, repost both and we can go from there. Until then, I would suggest discontinuing the use of the aragamilk and do a few good sized water changes with well aged/aerated SW to help regain the balance (saltmix depending).

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Ok i've been doing smal 2.5 gal water changes everyday for the last three days trying to get rid of algae on the sand. i'll have my lfs order tests kits for alk and mg. Also, does high calcium result in algae growth? I cant seem to git rid of algae in my tank and i dont know what could be causing it other than calcium. Thanks for all the help
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nitrate and phosphate causes algae. calcium would only affect coralline algae growth on rocks and glass (pretty stuff, not ugly like algae).

The macro algae halmidia (spelling?) does soak up calcium, but it looks more like a plant than 'algae'.

Is it cyano algae? Brown 'dusty' algae (which would be normal diatom bloom)?
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