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Old 10-01-2004, 01:31 PM   #1
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Calcium DEBATE!!

I tested my Calcium last night and it was at 360. Is that good or should it be higher?

My last water change was 10g about 4 days ago.

My corals list:
Toadstool Leather (large)
Pulsating Xenia
Purple Gorgonia
Button Poylps
Yellow Star Polyps
2 Finger Leather
2 other poylp colonies
branching hammer
mushrooms
cabage leather
zoos
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Old 10-01-2004, 04:12 PM   #2
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360 CA is on the low end of 350-450 but fine. What is your ALK? should be 8-12 dkh. If you in that range you are good to go.
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360 is marginal. Nothing is going to die but nothing is going to grow well either.

I agree about the ALK level. It's more important.

If your ALK is OK (3.0Meq/L+) I'd suggest using Calcium chloride over the next week to bump up your Ca level to at least 400ppm.
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Ok thanks I'll check.
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Calcium chloride is fine for a short term solution to raise your CA level. Some folks get themselves into trouble by shooting for abnormally high CA levels. My corals are happy and growing well and I keep my calcium in the 360-380 range. ALK is stable at 10 dkh.
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To each his own. I prefer balanced levels of Ca & ALK, and at least the level of NSW.

If something works though there's no reason to change.
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Your Calcium level is tied to your Salinity level, Let us know that and we can tell you what the level should be


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Your Calcium level is tied to your Salinity level, Let us know that and we can tell you what the level should be
That's a joke, right?
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Is that new information???
I run mine 400-450 it hits 500 when I do a water change. Alk around 10.
If you need to raise it up do it gradually
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