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Old 11-29-2005, 12:20 PM   #1
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how are my levels

my temp varies from 78-80 degrees
salinity stays at constant 1.025
PO4 is 0 ppm
Nitrate is 0 ppm
Calcium is 275 ppm
Alk is 12
pH is 8.2

how are they I know the calcium is low, I have trouble dosing bionic every day so I plan on shortly dosing kalkwasser everyday through my auto top-off so it should be raised. will this affect my alk. or do I need to find another way since I will not be using the bionic
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Old 11-29-2005, 12:38 PM   #2
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your calcium levels are kept in better balance by your live rock and substrate. Do you have an aragonite or live sand substrate and how many pds of live rock? A calcium level of 350-400 is acceptable but I like it a little higher at 400-450. Nitrate is good and ph is fine as well as PO4. Your salinity could be higher if you are planning a reef than you want it higher - around 1.026 to 1.028. Also are you using a hydrometer or refractometer to test your water's density. Other than that things look pretty good.
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IMO your fine on the salinity, if you wish you can run higher but where your at is just fine for a reef.
As you already know your low on the cal, when you do start to raise it make sure its done slowly.
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