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Old 01-30-2012, 12:50 AM   #861
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Tank looks awesome. Fantastic pictures. You're doing great with your tank.
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Buffy's Reef Queendom has inhabitants of 2 Spotted Cardinal, Randall's Goby, Green Mandarin, Blue Chromis, CUC & Corals
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:21 AM   #862
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Thanks so much! So far it has been easier than my old freshwater tanks.. Weird.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:42 PM   #863
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I'm going to build a Kalkwasser dripper, any tips? I'm buying a calcium test kit at the lfs and maybe a goby
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:13 AM   #864
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It's to dose for calcium. I'm doing a cheap DIY one
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:16 AM   #865
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Do you really need to dose kalk? How fast are your calcium and alkalinity levels dropping after a water change? And how often are you doing water changes?
I have a 125g FULL of corals and have just found the need to dose. I've tried kalk myself and it didnt maintain my levels. More water changes can also work if your levels are dropping that much. I've been doing more frequent and larger changes until I get the dosing down pat.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:58 AM   #866
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I havent been using the reef crystals, just the regular salt mix. I do once a week pwc but I miss one sometimes. Now that I have sps I feel the need to dose and I'm planning to get a clam at some point.
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:42 PM   #867
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Your first option is to switch to the reef crystals that will help your parameters. Just having SPS in the tank doesn't mean you HAVE to dose yet. What are your readings of alkalinity, calcium and magnesium? That will truly tell if you want to dose or not.
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:48 PM   #868
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I will be buying a test kit on amazon today. I have 0 trates though. I won't be dosing until I need to but it's like 7$ at the most to make.
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:57 PM   #869
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Yep, it is cheap but you dont want to add stuff until you need it. Kalk can raise your ph really high so you dont want to add unless you have to. When your calcium and alkalinity are dropping too low in between water changes then you should dose. But if youre not losing calcium or alkalinity between water changes then you are fine.
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:12 PM   #870
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Alright. I'll check what it is when I buy the kit. Is It okay to switch salts once you started using one?
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