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Old 03-21-2014, 06:19 PM   #21
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So I just did a check on line and mg/l basically converts direct to ppm. So your 10 nitrates and 2 phosphates is 10 and 2 ppm. Being as you have coral that isn't happy and what is listed above I say it's time for water changes. 300 calcium is low as is 5 KH, combine that with your nitrates and phosphates and I think we have the answer. Calcium is ideal around 400-450, KH should be 8-12, nitrates and phosphates ideally 0-0. What are you using for salt and what kind of water are you mixing it with?
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:43 PM   #22
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did a water change on sunday and due again sometime sunday.using sera salt and RO water.the sera salt has more CA in it.have phosguard and carbon in sump.phosphates and nitrates have been 0 for ages, and the calcium was very high for some time.kh and ca go hand in hand have been adding ca and a buffer, not both on one day.but just not getting there. off to bed now (11:45 pm here) will check the replies in am.thanks for the help
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Stop dosing. This is likely the source of your issues and imbalances. Do water changes to level things out.
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only started dosing the last week or so as our weekly water change is not helping to get things back to normal.
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Stir up your salt mix and test the water. I'm sure things are fine. A large water change will start getting things back in line. All dosing does is throw things further out of whack 9/10 times.
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thanks sniperhank will do.and iff all is in order why on earth will my coral be dying:-(
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If things get back on track, hopefully not. Keeping coral is pretty simple. Minimize parameter issues, supply proper flow and lighting. Ro/di water is an amazing help to this process.
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just not sure what through their ngs a bit haywire.corals are obviously absorbing the calcium.can I keep the phosguard with carbon in at the bottom to assist with the phosphates? how else do you keep phosphates under control?
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ok did water change, parameters now:
PO4 : 0, 25 mg/L
KH: 3dKH
NO3: 0mg/L
PH: 9
CA: 300 mg/L

just cannot get the Calcium and KH up, do you still suggest we dont put any buffers in? put 1 teaspoon of seachem reef calcium in when we mixed the salt?
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You stirred the salt?
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