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Old 02-22-2005, 05:14 PM   #11
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In order to keep your Alk up you need to know where your Ca is and what your water comes out of the bucket at. Some salts come out of the bucket with rediculous low alk. Others come out fine. Simply changing salts may help if that's the case. If your tank is USING the Ca/Alk then dosing is the solution. I'm using B-Ionic because that's pretty idiot proof, but others swear by Kalk. You could use the Seachem product, it is all a matter of preference. The Alk and Ca are balanced though and to dose one without testing/dosing the other could drive the other out of wack. While your alk should be between 9 & 11, your Ca should be between 400-450 (though I suppose a bit lower probably isn't a huge problem on the Ca).

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Old 02-22-2005, 05:55 PM   #12
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wow thanks for all the info.. but i hear that adding chemicals all the time is a bad thing
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I guess it depends on why your Alk is so low. A lot of people dose alk/ca but if your tank isn't using it then there's probably something else wrong.

You should post all of your water parameters so that we can look at the interaction of one thing against another. Try to post your Ca, Alk, PH, SG, salt mix you use, Mag if you can get a result from LFS or have a test kit handy. GPH flow rate of your PH.

How long has the tank been up for? Hopefully your parameters will provide a clue.
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Old 02-22-2005, 06:26 PM   #14
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wow thanks for all the info.. but i hear that adding chemicals all the time is a bad thing
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Old 02-22-2005, 06:29 PM   #15
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sorry about that... PH 8 nitrite 0 nitrate 10 amm 0 sg is at 1.023. My PH is a maxijet 1200. and my pump is 7 GPH.
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Old 02-23-2005, 12:23 AM   #16
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What is a good way to keep the alk up?
Water changes with a quality salt mix!

Alk and pH are related. You need to maintain them in balance. You may want to try reading up on the balance.

Probably the best article is http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/may2002/chem.htm


http://www.aquariacentral.com/articles/calcium.shtml is more about Ca but talks about Calcium and Alkalinity, pH, Salinity and Magnesium
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