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Old 05-08-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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Calcium! Purchased an API calcium test kit. Thing stayed pink up to 460. Then turned purple. After three more drops, it still stayed purple. Didn't go blue, decided to stop.

LFS told me I was low. Tank is 28g with 4 frags. I cannot figure out of I am doing the test right. Can someone either tell me or send me to an older thread where this is in layman terms. I am a bit slow to catch on so I need it simple ha.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:25 PM   #2
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Also not seeing too much coralline.
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I have that kit. Clean the test tube in the tank water, fill tube to line add ten drops of #1 shake tube for ten seconds then shake bottle #2 for ten seconds and add one drop at a time giving a shake after each drop, when it turns from pick to blue the test is done make sure you count the drops as you go and make sure the bottles are completely vertical when adding drops. you should be between 20 and 25 drops or 400 to 500 ppm.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:02 AM   #4
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Ok, yeah, mine never got to blue lol. How do you dose calcium. I bought "kent" calcium (liquid) for reef aquariums. It says add 1 teaspoon, but doesn't say how much based on results.
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If you do regular water changes you shouldn't have to add calcium unless you have corals maybe. The salt mix should supply what you need.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:23 AM   #6
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Well I'm doing 5 gallons every 3 days. It is a 28g so I figured that would be sufficient.
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Seems like alot. I would say once a week would be plenty.
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Really? I guess I'm just over worried about potential water quality issues. Also plan on adding a 5th fish to the system. So I figured since it was close to being taxed out and all. I do appreciate your help!
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:18 AM   #10
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Going to be honest and say that the API calcium test kit is total garbage. It is hard to read, duplicate results, and not very accurate. Your best bet would be to get a better test kit for Ca. Red sea and salifert come to mind as quality test kits.

If your tank is relatively new, your coraline will take time to grow. Just give it a bit.
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