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Old 04-07-2014, 12:16 PM   #11
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What test kits are you using?
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What test kits are you using?
I'm using the Red Sea Reef test kit for alk, cal and mag, Hanna for phos, and API for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and pH.
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Your calcium level sounds awful high to be from just regular water changes. Can/have you check those numbers with different kits?
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Your calcium level sounds awful high to be from just regular water changes. Can/have you check those numbers with different kits?
Thanks Mr. X. I could but I'd have to find time to bring a water sample to a LFS or shell out for an extra test kit. Could it be because I don't really have that many SPS corals? In fact, my tank is made up of predominantly soft corals.
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No. I don't think so. Aren't there any reefers local to you? A reef club perhaps? NJRC has a lot of advanced folks that would have test kits.
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When my alk was low 5.6 the acans showed the first sign of stress. Could be the alk if it's 6 for awhile.
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Yes, it could be, but this if it's the same time you changed out your lighting, I would say the jury is still out.
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Mr. X didn't a member on here have problems maintaining alk running GFO?
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Mr. X didn't a member on here have problems maintaining alk running GFO?
Wasn't it something to do with ph? I don't remember.
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Yes, it could be, but this if it's the same time you changed out your lighting, I would say the jury is still out.
Definitely agree with that statement. I made the mistake of ramping up the LED's intensity too quickly (about 2% per day from around 45% to 75% on channels), but the acans didn't start showing signs of distress until probably 2-3 weeks after I finished ramping up the lights to 75%. I was just wondering whether the low alk had anything to do with the acans' distress. As with most things that go wrong in this hobby, seems like there could be multiple causes...

The good news is that the acans don't seem to be dead, since there is clearly still flesh on them, although I feel like I see the skeletons more than I see the flesh. Just hope that they can recover if I give them more ideal conditions.

That said, are there any downsides to consistently dosing baking soda in order to raise alk? I actually think my calc is fine, since my red cap and stylophora are showing great growth, but I'll try to double check the tests when I get a chance.
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