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Old 01-15-2012, 12:24 PM   #11
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Should be 7-8 no?
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:32 PM   #12
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Yes, 11-12 dKH is on the high side and some corals don't like alk that high. 7-8 dKH is fine. I personally target my alk for 8-9 dKH and calcium around 420. There is absolutely no advantage to keeping calcium any higher, but some salts have calcium that high (500) so it may depend on what salt you are using.
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I know it's at the top end of the range, but it's stable & the tank is thriving so 'if it's not broke, don't fix it'.

Point being, all I use is kalk on a well stocked tank and easily maintain appropriate levels. It's easy too, mix a months worth in a 20 gal bin, add 5 gal each week to my ATO reservoir. My Mg mix will last almost a year at current dosage.

Tank on cruise control. Weekly water change & that's it.
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Yeah I got to get on board on the ato, everyday by hand is a pain, for a ato could I just use a doser pump with a float switch,
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You could. Before I got my Profilux, I used a timer. Safer in my opinion. At least I knew the most amount of water to get pumped in each day.

With the Profilux level sensor, I have it set to shut off after 7 mins so even if the sensor fails or gets knocked, I won't flood. I have a max PH too because of the Lime. Double redundancy gives me peace of mind.
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I was thinking of using a timer as added protection
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:42 PM   #17
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Also I leave room in my sump for 5 extra gallons, and 5 gallons is my resovoir, so even if it does malfunction I'm still safe
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:32 PM   #18
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Safe from floods but 5 gals can drastically change your salinity. If youre doubt ATO with lime, 5 Gal would send your PH through the roof.
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Good point. But if I'm using a doser and a timer, It won't dump it in there all at once. Say u have the timer set to twice a day for 10 minutes, or something along those lines
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A dosing pump will keep it safer. I would suggest dosing a smaller amount every hour or so This will keep your system much more stable
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