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Old 08-10-2011, 10:48 PM   #31
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I use instant ocean reef crystals and do PWC every two weeks.I have to dose alk every other day to stay between 7 to 8 range.But my calcium stays in 440 to 460 range between water changes.I do have a mixed coral reef.Depends really on your corals.
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You could just put the carbon in a mesh bag in the overflow, not optimum, but should work fine. Rinse the carbon well.
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Alright will do.
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:03 PM   #34
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Depends on the salt mix some salt mixes run high cal and Alk or just cal... I know for sure Oceanic runs high calcium. But if you want to keep it high you would dose the amount of cal and Alk that is needed... But again depends on what type of coral you specifically want to keep...
When I first started my old tank, I used oceanic. I had no corals, just live rock and doing my cycle. Around 1 week in, just for the heak of it, I tested calcium and mag. Calcium 740. Magnesium 1720. So I agree, oceanic is high.
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All parameters are fine. 0,0,0,0. Am, trite, trate, phos. Salinity 1.025. I have 1 800gph ph and 1 550gph ph. Neither are hitting the corals with much force. I think they may be acclimating but idk.
How old is your tank? If it's only a few weeks, I would bet your nitrate and phosphate levels aren't zero. Maybe other algae or cyano are consuming the nitrates and phosphates. That could be why your testing zero. All my new tanks always had at least a 30 - 40 day battle period with nitrates and phosphates.
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How old is your tank? If it's only a few weeks, I would bet your nitrate and phosphate levels aren't zero. Maybe other algae or cyano are consuming the nitrates and phosphates. That could be why your testing zero. All my new tanks always had at least a 30 - 40 day battle period with nitrates and phosphates.
It's 3 weeks old and it's all zero because I run a refugium with chaeto algae.
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It's 3 weeks old and it's all zero because I run a refugium with chaeto algae.
Do you have any other algae, cyano or diatoms growing inside the tank?
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