Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 06-20-2005, 09:43 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice FINatic
MarineFlake's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Memphis, Tn
Posts: 816
Get a mg test kit. In order to hold your ca at 400 - 450ppm you will need to keep your mg levels roughly 1350ppm. (Rule of thumb is 3 times your ca) Alk is important to keep stable but a lot of folks are still stumped when they just can not quite get the ca into the 400 plus range. mg acts as a sort of 'buffer' for your ca so make sure its also in line. ($$ Nother test kit please ; ) Also, just my 2 cents here..I use kalk and while it is great for keeping your alk and ca levels stable, you should look into some turbo calcium or other calcium additive designed to raise ca. The danger in someone new to kalk using it to raise ca is the possible overkill. Can wreak a little havok on your alk/ph causing nifty little issues of its own. Either way, take your time and test frequently while you make changes. Remember..generally speaking, nothing good happens fast in a tank!


To fail to plan is to plan to fail.
MarineFlake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2005, 10:17 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Lasalle, mi USA
Posts: 154
Thanks alot.. I have been doing the normal 4 tests every week for 3 months. I guess I will have to get those tests and study some more. I guess if it isn't 400 it should still be OK shouldn't it? I just wanted it as close to the ocean as I could get it. THanks everyone for your help.


tooldini is offline   Reply With Quote


Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Raising Calcium mandown123 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 23 05-16-2008 01:26 PM
trouble raising calcium Dr.Nate Saltwater Reef Aquaria 8 05-31-2005 04:31 PM
Alkalinity and Calcium HIGH Calcium reactor not hooked up ye doughboydj Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 05-29-2005 12:35 PM
Raising/maintaing Alk and Calcium jamal-188 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 20 12-30-2003 03:46 AM
best way to add calcium kalk or calcium reactor? pomme Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 2 12-02-2003 08:26 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:01 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.