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Old 08-18-2010, 11:10 PM   #11
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Here's my parameters as of tonight:
Calcium: 360-380
Ammonia: 0.0 - 0.25
Phos: - 0
PH: 8.0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 20 (yikes!)
Alk: 2.0

So I know my nitrates aren't good, but I expected that with the move and all the garbage in the sand bed getting stirred up. But what about the Alkalinity? That seems low.....thoughts? Suggestions?
Bump for comments on water numbers.....
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:21 AM   #12
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your nitrate level isn't bad at all. i wouldn't worry about it. i'd be more concerned with raising the alk a bit.
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your nitrate level isn't bad at all. i wouldn't worry about it. i'd be more concerned with raising the alk a bit.
Oh ok. I'm new to reef tanks, how can I raise my Alk?
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I also vote on aquascaping that provides for space out front to swim. That, and the ability to easily reach and clean that front glass. Don't be afraid to stack and lean the rock against the back glass.

I also like to be able to reach and clean my side glass too.
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I also vote on aquascaping that provides for space out front to swim. That, and the ability to easily reach and clean that front glass. Don't be afraid to stack and lean the rock against the back glass.

I also like to be able to reach and clean my side glass too.
After hearing this from Jim, I decided to look at how it was setup last night and it appears there is plenty of room to move the right corner stack of rocks way back, which will give a lot more room up front. I have a feeling I will eventually tear it down (it's held together with zip ties and puddy or some kind) and redo it, but only when I feel I can do it.
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Oh ok. I'm new to reef tanks, how can I raise my Alk?
probably a few water changes with a reef grade salt mix should do the trick, but if that isn't working, you can use sodium bicarbonate to raise it. just remember to raise it slowly.
your calcium should also be raised as well. i would invest in a 2 part additive, and get into the habit of checking regularly, so you get an idea how much calcium and alk your tank uses. also, remember that the more corals you have in the tank, the more calcium, alk, and magnesium you will use.
BRS has some pretty affordable stuff-
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probably a few water changes with a reef grade salt mix should do the trick, but if that isn't working, you can use sodium bicarbonate to raise it. just remember to raise it slowly.
your calcium should also be raised as well. i would invest in a 2 part additive, and get into the habit of checking regularly, so you get an idea how much calcium and alk your tank uses. also, remember that the more corals you have in the tank, the more calcium, alk, and magnesium you will use.
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mmm, I'm going to disagree. For the current stocking of corals you have, you shouldn't have to worry about dosing a 2 part solution. Regular water changes should be all you need to keep all your levels where they should be. You have a lot more soft corals then hard corals in there, so you shouldn't be consuming that much Ca.
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how are you going to bring up the calcium and alk? if the salt mix isn't working, you'll have to use some other method. if you are using a salt mix with 380ppm ca, it's never going to come above that. same goes for the alk.
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Beautiful tank
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