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Old 05-03-2007, 10:56 AM   #21
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I agree, can you get your LFS to test your water to comfirm your readings?
I will take my water to my LFS to recheck it this afternoon. Will water levels even out as quickly as mine have?
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:04 AM   #22
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PWC's

It's kind of a strange reading, your nitrAtes should be going up, unless you did a PWC. Also pH will be lower in the morning, so it is best to take the readings at the same time.
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Thing is nitrite and ammonia should not be be present at all. They should be at zero if you got critters in there.
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What did you do with all that live rock you took out of your tank? Did you put it back in? If so... you're cycling - plain and simple.
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when i took it out i scrubbed some of the gunk off the rock and i put it back in the tank. I know im cycling again.
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I have been doing water changes and my levels are gradually moving downward. but it is taking forever and a day. Would it be ok to start a kalkwasser drip?
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Larger water changes correct chemistry issues fastest(30-50%). Why are you dripping kalk? What is your daily Ca/Alk consumption?
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I'd just worry about one thing at a time. Just deal with the mini cycle you've got going on and let your tank stabilize. Not sure why you're adding kalk either. Your xenia doesn't need it.
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My water is almost back to normal. I want to ask a question. I went to my LFS and they told me to turn off my skimmer. Doing so will cycle my tank quicker. Then i want to another LFS and they told me that turning on my skimmer would speed up the process. Which of these is true? i turned on my skimmer yesterday and my water levels are almost back to normal. my nitrite is almost at 0. my nitrate and ammonia are at 0. my calcium is at 460 and my KH is at 17. I am adding Kalkwasser because i was told this would speed up my coraline growth.
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If you have a monster skimmer, maybe it would prevent a cycle. A seaclone is not going to present any issues IMO. I agree that it may help it along.

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calcium is at 460 and my KH is at 17. I am adding Kalkwasser because i was told this would speed up my coraline growth.
Dosing kalk can drive up Ca/Alk to the point of precipitation. Unless you have stoney corals, and more than just a couple small ones, there is no need to use kalk. W/ those Ca and Alk numbers you posted coralline will have no problem growing if provided good lighting and good water (NH3, nitrite free, low NO3). Never dose anything you don't or can't test for regularly.

EDIT- your Alk is very high. You need to stop dosing immediately and keep up the PWC's. I would do 30-40% at a time. Alk should not go above ~12.6 dkh. There is no need to run Ca above 450 either.
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