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Old 03-08-2015, 03:42 PM   #1
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This might be a really bad idea?

I have a 30 gallon bucket of saltwater made. If I add 30 teaspoons of kalkwasser to the bucket and let the kalkwasser drop and the calcium fall out. Could I then add the water to my tank with no harm? I have no
Fish in it. But my RO systems alkalinity brings out at 5. I don't have distillation. And after adding instant ocean salt it brings my alkalinity sky high. I don't have any fish in my aquarium. I did have one I put in at night but he died in the morning, which was horrible to wake up to. So now I have no fish in the tank but I'm wandering if this is a horrible idea or a good one? To me I feel like its one of the only ways to drop my alkalinity because every time I do a water change my dkh goes right back up to 15-18.


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Old 03-08-2015, 04:45 PM   #2
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Why don't you get a DI system?
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Didn't have enough money to buy one.


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Old 03-08-2015, 07:36 PM   #4
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But I do now, should I buy one?


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I think you should, as long as budget allows. It's a good investment for a saltwater tank
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This might be a really bad idea?

Will do, thanks.

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Glad I could help.
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What is your calcium level at? What is your PH?
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I'm doing a huge remodel of the tank, so I'm not sure. I talked to a guy from petco that said that it could very very likely be my sand that's causing all my problems. So I'm taking out all of my live rock and sand and replacing it with the new sand. He told me to do a full water change but I don't want to lose all of the beneficial bacteria in my water so I plan on doing a 70% water change I hope that will be okay? Plus I switched my salt from instant ocean to tropic Marin pro-salt. Because I've heard it is very good salt. I have also bought the deionizer add on. Once I have completed all of these task. I'm hoping my tank will be in a good condition. I'm only 19 and just started saltwater, so I do not know much and have been working very hard on this. But I have a LOT to learn and would love to learn it all, so your input is greatly appreciated and needed.


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Your sand lowering your alk? That is some pretty bad advice there...
I would simply do water changes to bring it up with the new salt.
Also, what test are you using? Many of these are simply not good tests and won't give the best results...if this is an api test I wouldn't be trusting that number.
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