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Old 02-10-2014, 11:38 PM   #11
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Thanks guys! I guess Im gonna start mixing my own water so I can better control what Im getting.
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You may want to look into getting a 2 part dosing solution, once you start dosing calcium you may find that your alk and mag start to fluctuate as well.
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Sorry, my tank is between 24 and 28gal. I also dose magnesium. Remember, whatever you dose, if there is a test for it, buy it, and if no test, follow the directions. Good luck.

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Wrong. if there's no test, don't dose it. Everything you need is in your salt mix. In a moderately stocked reef, there's no need for dosing. Do not rely on API test kits either.
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Thanks Doug.
I am going to start mixing my own water with IO Reef Crystals before I start dosing anything and messing with stuff.
I am also going to go with better tests for Alk, Calcium and Mag. Deciding between the Red Sea kit (has all 3 tests), the Elos tests, or the Salifert, which are individual.
Any suggestions on which are the better tests to go with?
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I'm a fan of salifert. Haven't used elos but Red Seas are pretty easy too.
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I think the Hanna tests are worth the money. Don't fret a slightly low calcium level. Just boost it up naturally with a higher calcium reef salt. As Doug mentioned, you are no where near the coral population (and type) that would crash your calcium levels.
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I use Red Sea and so far I like it. The alk is hard for me to read but that may just be me. The cal and mg change from pink to blue and it is very simple to understand.
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Do some research on Hanna calcium - I'm returning mine and using RedSea. Many people complained about the accuracy.
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I use Red Sea and so far I like it. The alk is hard for me to read but that may just be me. The cal and mg change from pink to blue and it is very simple to understand.

The Hanna Alk is worth it and has been very accurate for me. Much easier to read digital...
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Do some research on Hanna calcium - I'm returning mine and using RedSea. Many people complained about the accuracy.

Never a problem with mine. You have to do it exactly as instructed.
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