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Old 06-03-2004, 09:58 AM   #1
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Too Much Ca?

I have been switching my Salts from IO to Oceanic of the last 2 months slowly by doing a 2/1 mix of the 2 salts (2 5gal buckets of Oceanic mixed water to 1 5gal bucket of IO). I have been slacking with my testing (bad steve, bad steve) and last night i finally got around to testing my water and this is what i found.
Temp 80F
Amonia 0-25 (expected because i just fed the tank)
Nitrite 0
PH 8.2-8.4 (so hard to tell)
Nitrate 20 (the eel remember)
Alk 11.5
Here is the kicker: Ca 700+

I had to repeat the test twice to make sure i was diong it right. Do you think i should try and raise the Alk to 13 or so till i get the Ca down? How do i go about getting the Ca back down anyway? Is it true that by raising the Alk the Ca will drop?

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Old 06-03-2004, 10:53 AM   #2
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Re: Too Much Ca?

Originally Posted by stresco
Is it true that by raising the Alk the Ca will drop?
Depends alot on where the Mg level is but there is a good chance it will ease down the Ca. I would hold off of whatever Ca products you might have been using. If this was soley from the saltmix I would look into a new option. Might simpley be a reaction from mixing the two salts. When switching over to a new brand, only use the one type, not both. Reduce the amount of water normally changed by at least ½ for the first month or more depending on your normal routine.

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