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Old 01-23-2007, 05:16 PM   #11
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don't think you're going to find any Ca tests that don't use titration
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ti∑tra∑tion Pronunciation (t-trshn)
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The process, operation, or method of determining the concentration of a substance in solution by adding to it a standard reagent of known concentration in carefully measured amounts until a reaction of definite and known proportion is completed, as shown by a color change or by electrical measurement, and then calculating the unknown concentration.
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Old 01-23-2007, 05:16 PM   #12
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I'm a big fan of the SeaChem test kits. They give great results and aren't too expensive. The things I test for are as follows...

Calcium and Alkalinity - Since this is the most important thing to test for in a reef, I do it twice a week.

pH - Since I'm testing for alkalinity so often, pH is less important. I only test once a week.

Nitrate, Phosphate - Once a month at most. I haven't detected nitrates or phosphates in months.

I'd recommend not using the dKH buffer unless you know you have alkalinity problems. A buffer is a pretty bad way to fix pH problems. The only time I would use one is if I had low alkalinity AND low pH.
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Ok ALL my levels are high. My calcium is at 500.

Obviously a water change and Wet/Dry filter cleaning is a must. What else should i do?

And how does calcium and alk go hand and hand? and what is this dKH buffer for? is that to raise it? what if its already too high.

Im so confused.
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I prefer Salifert for pinpoint accuracy when it really counts, but AP work well for quick day-today checking.
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Old 01-23-2007, 09:12 PM   #15
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And how does calcium and alk go hand and hand? and what is this dKH buffer for? is that to raise it? what if its already too high.

Im so confused.
http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-12/rhf/index.php

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/nov2002/chem.htm

http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-05/rhf/index.php
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Thanks Melosu58.

I stayed up till 2 AM this morning. I did a water change scrubbed every inch of my wet/dry filter, skimmer and bio balls. My water parameters are level again except my calcium, it dropped to 320. Im gettin that back up slowly. (I dose with purple up).

With this dKH supplement what should i test for? before and after adding it?
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