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Old 09-02-2010, 08:33 PM   #191
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Testing day.

Temp = 79
Specific gravity = 1.026 Got it down over the past week

Ammonia = 0
Nitrite = 0
Nitrate = 0
Ph = 8.3
Phosphate = 0
Calcium = 500
KH = 143.2 (8 dKH)

Glad to see no ammonia spike or anything after adding fish.


I also tested some freshly made salt water.


Ph = 8.4
Calcium = 500
KH = 143.2 (8 dKH)

So this salt really has a lot of calcium in it. The calcium is down in my tank and the Alk is up... (I added some buffer which seems to have helped - I am going slow with changing it though). I will continue to add buffer until I can get around around 10dKH. It will be interesting to see where my calcium is at once I get there.

Not much new to report on the tank... everything is going great. Will be adding a few more zoas soon and Im thinking about a frog spawn too.
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:39 PM   #192
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Ive had two of my frags knocked off a rock by snails... Anyone ever used reef putty? Looking for a good way of attaching frags.
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:20 AM   #193
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I've read that quite a few people use super glue gel.
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:22 AM   #194
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Just use superglue. Any gel form that contains cyanoacrylate will work, and will cure underwater. This is what I use.
Amazon.com: Henkel 01-82196 Loctite 2-Gram Super Glue Gel: Home Improvement
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:31 PM   #195
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All my water tests are perfect still. All zeros....

Ph = 8.2
Calcium = 500
KH = 143.2 (8 dKH)

Still looking at high calcium and a KH thats a little low but not bad. Any problems with a calcium that high on a consistent basis?

3 of the species of snails have now laid egs. Ive had the larger pods (about 1/8" in dia), smaller pods (about 1/32" in dia.) and now ive had a couple stringy type eggs left on my glass... wish these guys would spend more time eating and less time.... um.. not.

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No clue on the calcium, but those are some really cool corals ya got there
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:17 PM   #197
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That calcium is a little high but nothing to bad. Calcium and alkalinity effect eachother so as you adjust one the other will change. As long as you levels are stable i wouldn't worry about trying to adjust it. You salt is probably mixed with those levels. If you want to bring it down i would try a different salt.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:49 PM   #198
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That calcium is a little high but nothing to bad. Calcium and alkalinity effect eachother so as you adjust one the other will change. As long as you levels are stable i wouldn't worry about trying to adjust it. You salt is probably mixed with those levels. If you want to bring it down i would try a different salt.
Yes, I assumed it was the salt and then tested a fresh batch to verify it. So I don't really want to switch brands (this stuff mixes well and I like not having to dose calcium). I guess the only question I had was if my calcium was at 500 and my KH was 143.2 (8 dKH) would this be satisfactory. Sounds like you feel as long as it is stable its fine - anyone else agree?
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Sounds like you feel as long as it is stable its fine
Yup, stable is more important then numbers as long as they are close to normal. I'm sure others will chime in as well.
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Update

Not much to update but here goes.

Testing about once a week now.

Temp = 79
Specific gravity = 1.025

Ammonia = 0
Nitrite = 0
Nitrate = 0
Ph = 8.3
Phosphate = 0
Calcium = didn't test
KH = 9 dKH

Flat worms: I began to notice some brown/greenish flat worms about 2weeks ago... Not a ton but enough to get me concerned. I siphoned off all I could find (most were on a couple rocks) which was really easy to do. Its been a few days since and I see more but not a lot. I will siphon more off this week to stay on top of the population. Im thinking about using the chemical flat worm killer but wondering if I should if I can just maintain the low population by siphoning them.

I haven't seen both peppermints in a long time... wondering if one died. Have yet to see my pistol shrimp since he was first put into the tank. I am also wondering about my YW Goby. A couple days ago I see him laying against my overflow - like pinned against it. I thought he was dead... watched him and saw his eyes and mouth move so not dead yet... I turned off the pump and he began to swim around - but towards the top of the water column.... not down on the sand bed like normal. His color looks fine. No visual parasites. On occasion I see him swimming but he was up against the overflow again this morning. Any ideas whats wrong with this guy? He wants to be there... the current is not all that strong and on occasion he will swim away then swim back to this spot... Doesn't look to me like any issue with his swim bladder as he will swim up and swim down.
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