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Old 10-21-2009, 07:59 PM   #1
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Question about test Alkalinity

I see people saying there Alkalinity is 8-9-or 10. I am using the Red Sea pH & Alkalinity test kit combo. On my chart is shows normal 1.7-2.8 which mine is in range. Is this a junk test kit? Should I be using a different brand?
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I believe when people say theirs is 8 or higher, then they are using a different scale. The scale you are using is right. Don't get them confused or you will have problems. I can't remember off hand what the name of the scale is but don't worry the one you are using is fine. I used the same one for a long time and never had a problem.
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Here you go: OZ REEF - Alkalinity Conversion
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so do i need a Alkalinity test kit and a dkh test kit. Or if Alkalinity is 2.5 then my dkh is 7?
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Use meq/l for form and I would use another test kit because it states your Alk is unreasonably low.
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Just curious what is meq/l and ppm CaCO3?
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Use meq/l for form and I would use another test kit because it states your Alk is unreasonably low.
looks like about 3.5

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...Or if Alkalinity is 2.5 then my dkh is 7?
You are correct. Those two numbers are measuring the same thing - just reporting it differently. Just like Celsius and Fahrenheit... 32F and 0C are the same thing. For a direct conversion, (dkh) / 2.8 = meq/l

And regarding "normal" and "high", I'd have to disagree with that card. For a reef tank, you really want alkalinity of 3.0-4.0 meq/l (8-12 dkh). Their "normal" range, I'd consider borderline low.
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You are correct. Those two numbers are measuring the same thing - just reporting it differently. Just like Celsius and Fahrenheit... 32F and 0C are the same thing. For a direct conversion, (dkh) / 2.8 = meq/l

And regarding "normal" and "high", I'd have to disagree with that card. For a reef tank, you really want alkalinity of 3.0-4.0 meq/l (8-12 dkh). Their "normal" range, I'd consider borderline low.

So you think I need to bring it up some?
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