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Old 10-30-2008, 04:07 PM   #11
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I use Red Sea Coral Pro for salt mix.
I use the same salt and you do not need to supplement anything to it. A fresh mix with RO/DI water should give you about 450 calcium, 7 dKH alkalinity and 1300 magnesium.
The only thing I do is bump up the alk slightly (I add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to my 20g water change) to get it more balanced, but it is absolutely fine as is.

If your having trouble getting coralline to grow, check your phosphate.
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Old 10-30-2008, 06:36 PM   #12
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I have phosphate of .5 as of yesterday. I have a mesh bag of Phosguard filtering my regugium return pump intake to hopefully bring that down to 0, it was 1 when I started that two weeks ago.
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You should be able to control the phosphate with partial water changes as well! Unless you are using tap water that contains a lot of phosphate - which you can avoid by using RO water - performing a few water changes over the course of a few days should be more effective than phosguard or products similar to that. Water changes are like killing a lot of birds with one stone!
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Yeah, I average about two 25% water changes a week, with RO/DI water. I came home to find a comch and large turbo snail dead today, cause unknown
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Let`s see if we can get some water test results right now if we can.
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Wow... 1.0, let alone 0.5ppm for phosphates are huge. Even if you were overfeeding flake food, and using tap water, that would still be tough to attain from my experience.

Have you tested your source water, as well as your freshly made up salt water for phosphates? And are you the source for the RO/DI water, or are you getting it somewhere else?
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Current readings of main tank:

Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: 0
Nitrates: 10
PH: 8.0
Salinity: 1.023
Phosphates: .15

I actually misread the scale yesterday, it was only .25 as opposed to .5. I did a 25% PWC today so I assume that is why it dropped to .15. That is an estimation, but the color was not strong enough to warrant calling it .25 but there was color so it is not 0.

The RO/DI water I just made (no salt mix) is 0 for phosphates.
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