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Old 03-16-2007, 12:59 AM   #1
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Water Parameters?

Does anyone know where i can find instructions for the api saltwater test kit? I lost mine. Or the puppy took off with them...


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Old 03-16-2007, 01:07 AM   #2
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Old 03-16-2007, 03:08 AM   #3
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Higher... Lower?

yeah well on the cal. it doesnt have a card its all in the book(at least on the one we have) BUT we found it and have got my testing done... so now will you please tell me how things are going and what could be higher/lower?

I've gotten most of everything down I just would like to have someone that knows a little more check it for me...

SG: 1.026
Ph: 8.2
Kh: 10*
0ppm: 0
Cal: 520


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That Ca looks pretty high. What about ammonia/nitrItes/nitrAtes? Are you planning on corals?
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I agree with Scott.....that CA is too high....350-420 is a better range. You certainly need to test for ammoni, nitrites and nitrates!!
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the ammonia/nitrItes/nitrAtes are all at 0, I have corals... and everythings fine.... I dont know how to get the cal. down I tried a water change and that didnt work really its a 20L gl and I know those are a little harder to keep stable... what can I do to get the cal. down? other then the water change.... I'm scared if I do another change it will mess everything else up.
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I would retest the CA and if you get the same numbers take a sample of your water to your LFS and have them test it. CA can be tough to test sometimes especially if you have to add one drop at a time and compare color. If I'm not sure about a reading I always double check it and usually it is an error I made.
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I agree with ziggy, take a sample of your tap/tank water to your LFS and see if they can confirm your readings.
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ok thats sound good THANKS guys.... well I guess I'm going to go get ready and go up the the atlantis to see what they say... and then I will be back a little later today with the readings to let ya'll know whats up! thanks again for all the help.

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I'm scared if I do another change it will mess everything else up.
PWC`s will not mess up your tank. IMO the lack of will. Anytime parameters are off the BEST thing to do is a PWC in your tank. It`s almost like a reset button and will move your parameters where they need to be. PWC`s will dilute excessive nutrients, replenish trace elements, buffer SW and many other things that will benefit your tank. IMO and IME dont ever be scared of doing frequent PWC`s.
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