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Old 04-24-2010, 10:39 AM   #11
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Tested a newly made batch of salt water. Salinity: 1.025, dKH : 13, pH : 7.8
That sounds just about right for Reef Crystals. Your calcium, on a fresh mix, is probably right around 490 so taking into consideration the accuracy of hobby grade test kits, your right about where you should be with that particular salt.
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Is 520ppm calcium going to hurt anything?
No, it won't hurt anything, but there is also no advantage to a higher than normal calcium level.

I know lots of people comment their calcium is too high or their alk is too high. There is a really simple solution. Change salt brands to 1 that has parameters closer to natural seawater or closer to what you want to run your system at. I use Red Sea salt which mixes to 400 calcium, 8 dKH alk and 1300 mag. Those parameters are pretty much what I keep my system running at and they are about as close to natural seawater as you will get without messing with the mix.
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