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Old 06-01-2013, 09:54 PM   #11
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If your phosphates are high, think maybe you're overfeeding? how much and how often do you feed your tank?
Only every 3-4 days.
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Check out Randy Holmes reef chemistry alk and cal good info. Explained great and offers different options to balance.
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If you are not dosing Alk then your test kit could be the problem. IO's Alk is not that high unless its a bad batch
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Never mind... Found it! Great read, VERY helpful! Thank you!!!
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If you are having such problem and pwc does not correct it, I would suggest to test first the parameter of your salt water mixed before pouring it into your tank. Each brand of salt mix has different amount of elements. I was having same kind of problem before with alkalinity when I was using the Reef Crystals by Instant Ocean. When I started using another brand it corrected the problem and increased my calcium level. I did took the readings using Salifert test kit and here is the result of IO.

PH= 8.0
Mg= 1280
dKH= 11.5
Calcium=420
Salinity= 1.026
Temp= 77

I took another readings with API test kit and the dKH is about 1.5 points higher (13.00). If you have similar readings, it explains why your dKH stays on the upper borderline but once you have lots of water surface agitation your PH will go up and dKH will go down.
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