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Old 03-15-2005, 05:14 AM   #1
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Water Tests

Right now I'm testing my water for Ph, amonia, dKH, nitrates and nitrites. Is there anything else I should be looking for?

Along those lines, what is the best level of dKH to maintain? Should I try to keep it all the way at 12 or on the low end, towards 7-9? (Saltwater reef tank)
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Old 03-15-2005, 09:00 AM   #2
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What is in the tank? Fish only you can just test the basics. PH, ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates and SG. Reef you probably will want to add CA and DKH (I haven't bought my DKH yet). You can add other tests too if you want (Depends on how much money you have to spend...)
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Old 03-15-2005, 09:52 AM   #3
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Should I try to keep it all the way at 12 or on the low end, towards 7-9? (Saltwater reef tank)
Be prepared for a lot of different opinions here!!!
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Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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If your looking to get coraline algea to grow and have corals then you should test and use additives for Calcium (400-450) Alkalinity (9-11) This is all I test and use additives for.
More info about the tank would be helpful...
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I run my Ca close to 450 and my DKH closer to 11. You should be testing/dosing Ca in conjunction with your Alk so that they don't get out of balance. They should be going up and coming down together. You could also throw Magnesium into the equation (should be 3x Ca). I don't dose what I can't/don't test for.
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Old 03-15-2005, 11:37 AM   #6
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If your looking to get coraline algea to grow and have corals then you should test and use additives for Calcium (400-450) Alkalinity (9-11) This is all I test and use additives for.
Even with limited experience I have to agree with seaham here, I have coralline now growing on my sand and glass, and I've only had my LR for 10 days. My Ca is 420 and alk a bit above 9.
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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I don't dose what I can't/don't test for.
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Old 03-15-2005, 04:35 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info, I'll go get a calcium test kit.
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Old 03-15-2005, 04:46 PM   #9
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Midiman How long has your tank been set up? Coraline in 10 days.. wow thats amazing Is it due to Ca and Alk levels thanks
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