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Old 11-02-2004, 10:43 AM   #11
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nope, its not the turbo calcium, its the plain Liquid Calcium: http://www.kentmarine.com/saltwater/lc.html
Your going to be at this awhile then. The liq CaCl is best for small changes and/or lower maintenance needs. I would not recommend it for large changes in chemistry. I would suggest you either get the Turbo Ca or do water changes with a balanced saltmix. With the Turbo Ca you'd have it fixed by the weekend.

As I said though watch the alk.

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Old 11-02-2004, 12:54 PM   #12
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aye. I'm gonna use this bottle up and get the turboCa. I'll watch the Alk levels as well.

I can say though, that lately my yellow polyps and green shrooms look better, even though I know they are not heavy calcium users. Probably coincidence.
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Old 11-02-2004, 03:01 PM   #13
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Okay, I am lame. I don't really understand this stuff, and I tried to follow the articles this thread links to, but a lot of it is just over my head. I don't understand any of the equations (curse you, Cal Poly, for letting me take geology rather than chem as my token science) and so large portions of the page are just so much Greek to me. I mean, I can figure out what the levels are supposed to be and mess around till I get them there, but I'd feel better if I actually understood it.

Is there a book like "Reef Chemistry for Dummies"? 'Cause I sure could use it.

Sorry to hijack the thread!
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Old 11-02-2004, 03:37 PM   #14
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Maybe this will help http://www.wetwebmedia.com/calcalkmar.htm
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Old 11-02-2004, 04:28 PM   #15
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Is there a book like "Reef Chemistry for Dummies"? 'Cause I sure could use it.

Sorry to hijack the thread!
Try <<this>> one as well.

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how important are these water parameters in fish only systems, no coral no inverts.
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Not to hijack this thread, but rather right along the same line...My CA has been 280-300 now for 2-3 weeks...Salinity is 1.025, temp 80-82, PH 7.9 up to 8.4, Akalinity 2-2.5.. I cant seem to get my CA and alkalinity up for anything. Plus my rock has lost its color and prior to me switching all of the inhabitants and such from a 125 to a 100, I had coraline growth that was awesome...now its all fading and nothing is growing.. I have never had to add buffer as i had CC in the previous tank. Now I add Seachem CA, kent Super Buffer, and accidently added the CA to fast the other day and did in one of my cleaner shrimp...I have hit a wall for sure...I have 4 small fish (perc size) and 1 anenome, 3 shrimp and 150 lbs of LR.
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How often do you do water changes and what saltmix are you using?

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how important are these water parameters in fish only systems, no coral no inverts.
As long as the chemistry is not badly wacked it should not be that much a concern. At least trying to monitor/maintain some sort fo proper chemistry can definately help keep a tank much healthier. Alkalinity sustains pH and aids in preventing wild swings. If Ca is badly out of balance against alk, both can beome uncontrollable.

If you do at least twice monthly water changes, it shouldn't be a cause for concern in an FO system.

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I went ahead and ordered an 800g Turbo Calcium by Kent...seemed like it should play well with their superbuffer dKh if I needed to use them as a 2-part system. Besides I needed a 25watt heater for a betta tank, so I padded my Big Al's order a smidge.
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