Originally Posted by jmc
How do I translate this into how much Calcium/Buffer I should be dosing? I've got 75 lbs of LR
. I started noticing dieback in my coraline algae - hence the dosing.
Coralline die off can be caused by many things so don't be in too much a hurry to elevate numbers in hopes of spuring new growth. Simpley target NSW
levels (at the higher end if you wish) and seed the water column with spores. Simpley placing a powerhead in front of a heavily incrusted area will do plenty. You can even scrap it or rub it with a toothbrush.
As far as what you should dose and how often, that will depend on your rate of depletion. I would hold off on any further dosing for the next few days at least and test daily recording the results. Once you can determine what the depletion rate is (if any), then you can determine how much product may be required.
Is the Calcium/Buffer going to bring KH/Alk down?
Buffer maintains the alkalinity so you don't need any help there. Before you can do much more you should post the Ca
numbers. It is equally important to maintain the balance between alk
as maintaining the chem overall. Check your >>http://www.andy-hipkiss.co.uk/caalkcalc.htm]balance
here[/url]<< and see what you come up with. Once things are balanced then start testing instead of dosing to map the rate of depletion. Don't knock yourself out looking for exact numbers though, just be in the general range.
Depending on the level of Mg
additions will impact alkalinity even if slightly and force the numbers down some. I would post your complete numbers before you do though.