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Old 04-12-2011, 11:24 PM   #21
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My biggest concern is since corals are new to me I want to make sure everything is right and they are happy
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:30 PM   #22
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I think it depends on what corals you have as far as calcium. I think its lps that need calcium and maybe sps not sure. someone will elaborate I'm sure
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True I guess I need to double check on my test outcome to and see if that gives me a different number
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I only use salt mix and I'm consistently at 440. I usually add 15 drops and go from there. I think it starts to go blue around 22-23 if I recall. I haven't tested mine in a week lol.
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I use instant ocean and my calcium is at 450
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To answer the original question... you can use Kent's Turbo Calcium to bring your calcium levels up to where you want them. Use this calculator to figure out how much...

Reef Chemistry Calculator

Normal recommendation is not to raise it more than 20ppm per day.

Switching to just about any other salt will give you higher calcium. Going to Reef Crystals will get you where you want to be with good alkalinity.
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A 5g water change is less than 5%. Not much to expect any increase in calcium that most of us get from water changes. I'd do 12-15g changes.
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The more I read the more I think my test is giving me false reading does anyone know another test kit that would be more accurate? Currently using a API two part drip test
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That's funny cause I use that test as well. And my calcium lvl doesn't go above 380. But that sits alright with me
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If you want accuracy try salifert tests. Im currently switching my api tests to them.
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