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Old 10-20-2014, 09:08 PM   #1
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Sps dosing

So i bought a bunch of sps yesterday and put them in my tank. Last time i tested water was October 9th and alk was at 8 and cal was at 560, i tested today and alk is at 7 and cal is at 520. Should i start dosing? Do i finally get to use my dosing pump thats been sitting for months? Any ideas? Could it be that big of a change in only a day?


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Old 10-20-2014, 09:28 PM   #2
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What tests are you using? How often do you do wc's? It's highly highly unlikely that any sps added a day ago have been growing enough to have any impact on your element levels, and a test 2 weeks ago isn't a good barometer of where the levels are at.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:41 PM   #3
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I added about 11 good size frags, and i dont really do water changes


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Old 10-20-2014, 09:41 PM   #4
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Im using api test kits


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Old 10-20-2014, 09:46 PM   #5
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IMHO the api kit isn't accurate enough for sps corals, and why no wc's? What's your filtration on the tank? Sps require pretty clean water and stable element levels, wc's help with both of these.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:56 PM   #6
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I find my water to be pretty stable right now and clean, well thats pretty much all i have access to since my lfs uses them tooClick image for larger version

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It goes from tank to socks/carbon then to protein skimmer and gfo reactor and then fug and then out sometime i have another sponge on return


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Old 10-20-2014, 10:00 PM   #7
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I agree. I doubt you have a calcium level in the 500s first of all. I suggest you invest in some better kits. Salifert makes good test kits. At least alkalinity.
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What do you consider stable and clean? What does your tank run at params wise?
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:15 PM   #9
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Everything is at zero, no algae no nothing, knock on wood. And the high cal i think is from the salt i use, thats what others have told me


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What salt is that?
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