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Old 12-01-2012, 06:19 PM   #1
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Ammonia 0
Ph 8.3
Trites 0
Trates 0
Calcium 460
Kh 1 or 17.9ppm
Sal 1.025

Live rock dies off and have no coralline algae about 50# of live rock in aquarium. Why is my kh so low my calcium was low and I bought kent marine purple tech and now calcium is good but it's suppose to also raise kh what could be keeping it down.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:54 PM   #2
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Help why is live rock dying an no coralline
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:32 PM   #3
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Have you been adding buffers to raise your dKH?
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Have you been adding buffers to raise your dKH?
What salt are you using? I dont see any possible way your dkh is 1 with 460 calcium and 8.3 ph.

Also how are you measuring salinity?
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What salt are you using? I dont see any possible way your dkh is 1 with 460 calcium and 8.3 ph.

Also how are you measuring salinity?
Using top fin for salt and refractometer to measure
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Have you been adding buffers to raise your dKH?
I used kent purple tech it's suppose to raise calcium and dkh the calcium went up and is good now but dkh is crazy low
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Using top fin for salt and refractometer to measure
Top fin is petsmart brand salt. Not really a salt i would use or trust. I think your problem would be solved with a simple switch to Instant Ocean
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Ok I will give it a shot
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:47 AM   #9
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Top fin is petsmart brand salt. Not really a salt i would use or trust. I think your problem would be solved with a simple switch to Instant Ocean
I definitely agree with that advice. Maybe have a shop confirm your alkalinity test results and if it's accurate I'd pick up some buffer as well, just to bring it up initially (but slowly).
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