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Old 11-30-2011, 05:09 PM   #3181
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Wow that is easy. Do you have a lot of sps in your tank?
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:31 PM   #3182
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I am interested in the checkers! They take test bottles and tubes at of the equation, right? Aren't they normally about 200.00?

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Old 11-30-2011, 05:37 PM   #3183
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I have about 30 corals in my 125g and about half dozen sps, nothing crazy. lol

The hanna checkers are usually anywhere from $50-$55 dollars usually. So I just did the alkalinity with both salifert and the hanna. came up with 8.3 dkh for the salifert and 9.3 on the hanna.

Now for the crazy stuff. lol I must not know how to use the calcium checker cause i came up with 600+ in the 125g, 566 in the 20g and 600+ in the biocube! With the salifert the 125g is at 400ppm in calcium.

Anyone have any tips on how to use the hanna calcium test? I followed the directions but I must be missing a step something.
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:27 PM   #3184
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From my research Most electronic checkers need calibration. So you take your regular test, calibrate to that, then gtog. If it were me id call brs and make sure thats the case with these units
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:30 PM   #3185
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yep, theres a calibration phase when you use ro/di water and a liquid. Then it zeros out and you add some of your sample water and a reagent. Youput it in and the little light inside measures the difference between the first color and the second color after sample and reagent are added.

I just keep coming up with these high readings for calcium. The alkalinity one is simple though. lol Read it right the first shot and was simple in comparison to this calcium one.
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:38 PM   #3186
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there are kalkwasser stirrers available on the market. i was always told you needed to keep the water moving and just take from the center- not the top or bottom where you will see that crusty layer.
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I see, then its no big secret... Hopefully its something simple.
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I've read the opposite about Kalk, mix and don't disturb.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:28 PM   #3189
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lol Now I'm really confused. I've been to a few shops and they have theirs setup from their ato's as well. hope I'm doing this right....

I will call brs in the morning and get some help with the test and see why it says my calcium is at 600+ . That can't be right can it?
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