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Old 12-17-2012, 12:04 AM   #11
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Using instant ocean
New water at 380ppm.
I recently switched from aged tap water to RO. With the tap water the only problem I had was marginaly high trates. now with RO I have low Ca and Ph but no trates argh
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:10 AM   #12
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RO shouldn't affect the Ca and Alk much.

I was going to suggest a kalk stirrer, which would help raise and maintain the high pH you are looking for, but it looks as though you might have Ca issues as well.

Granted my experience is limited (I have kept aquariums for years but my first reef was started at the beginning of this year) but I found that fluctuating levels of Ca and Alk played havoc on the coral - and after adding a 2 part dosing system, coral growth exploded. Stability and proper levels seems to be a key to success.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:32 AM   #13
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What is a kalk stirrer?
I have have had numerous fw for many years myself
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There is a vid about it here:
Aqua Medic Kalk Reactor 1000 - Bulk Reef Supply
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:37 PM   #15
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Turns out the salt Iam using ia JUNK!!
Instant Ocean (purple label)
I was recommended to beef it up with Reef Crystals and some Pro DKH supplement?
Ugh I am sitting here with a huge bucket of bad salt. so frustrated
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Instant Ocean is far from junk. It's probably the most popular salt being used and is used by many large public aquarium. I've been using it for around 25 years.
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I use instant ocean reef crystals as well. Never had an issue yet.
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Apparently i need to make the conversion to the reef pellets sigh
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