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Old 06-28-2012, 03:29 PM   #21
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I run them high because I don't run reactors so it would either be dose twice a week to keep at good levels or raise slightly higher to go weekly dosing..I'm pretty heavily stocked on corals and will go from 480-500 ppm to 350ish range in a week. Pretty much just saying I really really need a reactor haha

Edit* and slightly higher alk will increase the calcium intake. I know of some hard core reefers running close to 14dkh while testing heavily but get AMAZING growth
Just because the higher levels are in the water, does not mean that the corals will build any faster, IMO. They can only process these things at a fixed rate.
I would think that your corals could be suffering from the weekly roller coaster of Alk and Ca too, but not trying to tell you how to run your tank. To each his own.
I'm also in need of a couple dosers!! Tired of the daily chore of manually dosing.
Good luck with your tank Mrc.
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:33 PM   #22
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The higher levels of alkalinty have been proven to increase growth but the closer you run it on the edge the easier to have a major fail but I totally agree with you on the rollercoaster ride they've been on but as long as I don't allow them to fall to low or raise to high I haven't had any issues and actually am getting great growth out of my sps frags since going from 9dkh to 11dkh. As always though mostly just my opinion and like you said to each his own so I'm not here to tell anyone to fix what's not broken just chiming in with my own experiences so best of luck to you too and also you OP hope all goes well
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:13 PM   #23
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Do you have any links to these studies regarding alkalinity and coral growth? I would be interested in reading them
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:05 PM   #24
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Do you have any links to these studies regarding alkalinity and coral growth? I would be interested in reading them
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/alkalinity.htm
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:04 PM   #25
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I came home from work last night and tested my water. To my surprise my nitrates jumped up to about 20ppm.

I did a 20% water change and went to bed.

Woke up this morning tested my water and here are the results.

PH: 8.0
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: >20ppm

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Should I do another water change? I know nitrates are bad for coral and inverts is this going to kill them? I am currently mixing salt to do another water change if needed?

Why would I have nitrate after a water change?

Coral seems to be doing ok.

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Old 06-29-2012, 01:07 PM   #26
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What is your feeding schedule and trates that high aren't good but not deadly
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:08 PM   #27
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Not feeding anything.

No fish yet.

They come today. Which now I am very nervous about.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:11 PM   #28
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If so then I would just do a back to back 50% or larger wc bringing you to 5 or lower trates before you recieve the fish.. sorry if you've said this before but are you running a skimmer and what other filtration are you using? A skimmer will keep your trates down by removing the organics before the nitrification process has a chance begin
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Just started running my skimmer yesterday.

Filtration consist of live rock, chemi-pure elite, and blue bonded sponge. I am waiting for my refugium light to come in the mail then I will be adding chaeto.
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So mechanical filtration is what just your sock from overflow and sponge? All these things should be cleaned frequently to remove any "waste" that is stuck in it to keep from raising nitrates. The key to a thriving reef imo is water parameters so stay on top of em and all should go smoothly for you.
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