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Old 02-16-2011, 08:41 PM   #11
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what is your alk at if your calcium reads 500? is this an API test kit by any chance?
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:13 PM   #12
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what is your alk at if your calcium reads 500? is this an API test kit by any chance?
It's 3.6. Red sea test kit

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3.6 DKH is very low. it needs to be between 8 and 12. 10 would be excellent. are you adding any calcium additives? if so, you need to stop immediately. you need an alk buffer like baking soda.
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I started using Reef Crystals, didnt care much for it switced to Seachem Reef Salt got a lot of different readings. I am now using Red Sea Coral Pro I am on my 4th bucket and love it. I have not tried the new formula yet will be ordering my first bucket next week. I have been tempted to try Tropic Marin the LFS tried it and made the switch and they love it.
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3.6mpl reading is alkalinity n 10-13 is my kh reading
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i don't think that's accurate then. if your calcium was truly 500, you wouldn't be able to have a 10-13 kh.
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I'll test again today.. But I have been testing kh daily n ca weekly.. Stopped testing for alkalinity as I was told I didn't have to as It was more important to test the Kh... I was have been adding addictives to increase the kh from 6 when I started.... The ca reading has always been from 450 to 550... N I use the most expensive ca test kit which is 36.99... Should I use different one?
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KH is just a measure of alkalinity. they are the same really. alkalinity is very important in a reef tank. how are you not testing for alk? isn't this the test kit you are using?
Red Sea Alkalinity Pro Lab Test Kit

you may very well have a 550 on your calcium test, but if so, your alk is going to be low.
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KH is just a measure of alkalinity. they are the same really. alkalinity is very important in a reef tank. how are you not testing for alk? isn't this the test kit you are using?
Red Sea Alkalinity Pro Lab Test Kit

you may very well have a 550 on your calcium test, but if so, your alk is going to be low.
Yes that's the one I'm using.... Here are my levels with red sea test kit... Alkalinity 3.6 mpl which is High according to the card ... Ph 8.2 .. Ammonia o ... Nitrate 5.0.. Nitrites.. O.. Kh by API is now at 9 .. Temp is 77 n the salinity is 1.024...

I retested with new test kit by ..API. N.
All the levels had the same reading.. The Ca was 500 but the. Magnesium was only 800 ...

Why do u think magnesium is still down?
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9 isn't bad. i was expecting somewhere around 6 actually. i don't know why the mag is down. do a few water changes with the new salt and tell me what happens to the numbers.
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