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Old 10-24-2004, 02:04 PM   #1
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Ok I asked my husband to pick up a new alk test. He got one from Red Sea. Problem is, it really doesn't say where it's at. It just has this color chart with low, normal and high. Mine read high (not too high, but high). Is this bad? I am geussing if it is I need to do a water change?
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Old 10-24-2004, 02:45 PM   #2
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LOL, you got the same test as me! Is it on the high side of normal?? I paid like $20 for it cuz of the pH is also in it :| I keep mine in the middle of normal or alittle on the high side of normal. I believe that in the middle of normal is 2.5meq/L.
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Old 10-24-2004, 03:03 PM   #3
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Yeah, it has the ph labeled, whats the deal? Thats why my husband bought it too! My alk is actually in the middle or low side of high .
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1 cleaner shrimp, Coral Banded Shrimp, lettuce nudibranch, 1 sand sifter stars, 1 tiny red brittle star "red", 1 tiny red and white banded serpent star, 2 tiny banded serpent stars, small orange Linkia starfish, assorted hermits and snails. Corals: star polyps, A ton of different types of mushrooms, yellow zooanthids, brown-orangish and light blue paly's, orange ricordia.

90g RR, W/D, 120 lb's LR SF eel, pygmy angel, pr sebae clownfish, 4 chromis. Star Polyps & Mushrooms
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Old 10-24-2004, 04:43 PM   #4
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That's the problem with these types of test kits. They give you a range but no relavence to what it means. Being on the "low side" of high (assuming 3ish mEq/l) I wouldn't be all that much concerned but it also depends on your Ca reading as to whether or not it could become a problem. Do you know the Ca level?

I would suggest at your next opportunity you get a kit that gives actual numbers. Salifert, Seachem or La Motte would be good choices.

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Old 10-24-2004, 06:23 PM   #5
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If you want a good, easy and cheap kit try the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals KH test. You can get it online for like $5.
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Old 10-24-2004, 08:11 PM   #6
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I use there other test kits too, never had a problem. Seachem is another one I really like, but I wasn't there to buy it My calcuim is just barely above 380. It started off at 350 earlier this week after a w/c...working on getting it up a little higher.
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1 cleaner shrimp, Coral Banded Shrimp, lettuce nudibranch, 1 sand sifter stars, 1 tiny red brittle star "red", 1 tiny red and white banded serpent star, 2 tiny banded serpent stars, small orange Linkia starfish, assorted hermits and snails. Corals: star polyps, A ton of different types of mushrooms, yellow zooanthids, brown-orangish and light blue paly's, orange ricordia.

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Old 10-24-2004, 11:38 PM   #7
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If your Alk registered as high(above 12dkh?) on the Red Sea test kit then a Ca level of 380 is fine and I wouldn't try to raise it. You don't need or want to be on the high end of both ca and alk simultaneously.
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Old 10-25-2004, 11:09 AM   #8
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But you do want them to be balanced in some kind of natural ratio. Higher alk demands higher Ca for proper invertebrate growth and overall health. If alk is at the high end, I would preferabley allow alk to lower naturally while bring Ca into balance with the alk or boost the Ca to 425-430 if the salt mix (IO?)is the reason why there is an imbalance.

Unbalanced chem will cause scleratinian growth to stall or cause improper/week formations. Certain mobile inverts, especially snails can also become lethargic.

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Could this be the reason my xenia isn't pulsing? They are multiplying (slowly) but not pulsing. They open when the light comes on and close when it goes off. It seemed really weird to me since all my corals are doing so great. Yes, it is IO, I have never switched brands, ever. Also, I just added new lights, I have them coming on for 4 hours/day and then just the atnics for the rest of the day (9 hours total). Went from 4 watts to 7 watts/gal of VHO.
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1 cleaner shrimp, Coral Banded Shrimp, lettuce nudibranch, 1 sand sifter stars, 1 tiny red brittle star "red", 1 tiny red and white banded serpent star, 2 tiny banded serpent stars, small orange Linkia starfish, assorted hermits and snails. Corals: star polyps, A ton of different types of mushrooms, yellow zooanthids, brown-orangish and light blue paly's, orange ricordia.

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Old 10-25-2004, 05:16 PM   #10
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I know that the lights probabally have nothing to do with it, I just wanted to know if this was enough lighting and the correct way to acclimate.
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Female Naso "Isabell" or "Izzy", Emperor Angelfish, Flame Angel, Red Sea Sailfin tang "Bambi", Maroon Clown "Nani", 5 Chromis, 1 Aglae Blenny "Bengi" , Yellow Watchman Goby, pr of Banggai Cardinals, Lyretail Anthia, Six Line Wrasse

1 cleaner shrimp, Coral Banded Shrimp, lettuce nudibranch, 1 sand sifter stars, 1 tiny red brittle star "red", 1 tiny red and white banded serpent star, 2 tiny banded serpent stars, small orange Linkia starfish, assorted hermits and snails. Corals: star polyps, A ton of different types of mushrooms, yellow zooanthids, brown-orangish and light blue paly's, orange ricordia.

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