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Old 02-16-2014, 03:44 PM   #31
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I personally use all Red Sea test kits. I had some terrible mishaps with API before. The Red Sea kits are really easy and seem to be pretty accurate.
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Low Calcium?

There are several dozen, maybe more, ions that can get out of balance in artificial reef systems, we only test for a handful of them and even then with test kits that would not pass muster in any real lab in the country. It's why dosing may not be the total answer. Water exchanges is a pretty bulletproof way of maintaining that ionic balance, especially for things like potassium and other necessary elements we don't test for. Maybe that's part of the mystery when we see posts about my corals dying and all water parameters are spot on. Maybe the parameters you are testing are good, what about those you don't test for? I don't do large water exchanges, just smaller ones every other week. I am rethinking that.
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I also recommend alternating salts. My theory is that what one salt lacks, another will make up for. It's been working for me for years.
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I also recommend alternating salts. My theory is that what one salt lacks, another will make up for. It's been working for me for years.
I hadn't thought of that before, I always assumed that using the same salt was better to keep things stable. How often do you switch between salts?
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At the end of every bucket. I go through a bucket a month.
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