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Old 12-31-2005, 03:49 PM   #11
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Calcium: (Ca) 380 – 450 ppm
(reposting those numbers from forum advisor Steve-s)
'Cept I would never recommend anything above 420 ppm Ca depending on salinity levels..

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Old 12-31-2005, 04:11 PM   #12
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Thanks, those are about the ranges I shoot for, I don't test for trace elements, I read here on the forum that you don't add anything you don't test for. So according to your numbers, my alkalinity is okay?

I assumed pwc replenished trace elements, so that's good, I don't like adding things. Should I be using kalkwasser for calcium or is the liquid calcium okay? It does get the calcium up for awhile when I use it, but I'm wondering if it will stay up if I use the lime water.

I was thinking of moving the candys to the sand on the bottom. They are about halfway up in the tank now, so any lower and they'll be on the botton. Should I be conderned about the multiplying tunicates? I posted about that before, but they sure are multiplying. You can see them in the branches, they're like lime green.

They are tunicates, right? They have little funnel-like tubes where I'm assuming the water goes in and comes out.

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Old 12-31-2005, 04:22 PM   #13
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Those are yellow rock boring sponges. They are quite common on this type of coral and really shouldn't be a bother. Mine have been like that for years without harming the coral although it does slow the corals growth a fair bit.

As far as moving to the sand, yes. I would not really suggest much higher than the bottom ¼ of the tank unless your lights are on the weaker side which they are not.

Do not use kalk to fix the Ca unless alk is also low, 160 ppm alk is a good number. Kalk raises both alk and Ca in unison. Use a plain 'ole CaCl additive. You can use this calculator to see how much is needed, just remeber to divide the additions over a weeks time. Don't add all at once.

http://home.comcast.net/~jdieck1/chem_calc3.html

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sdellin, you should look into a product called Fiji Gold made by walt smith. It's 12 bucks for a jar and keeps my CA at 480. Everything in my reef has been looking better since using it.
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Those are yellow rock boring sponges.
Okay, I read this first part of your post and started to panic, I was almost out of my chair on my way to the tank to dig them out...until I read the rest of the paragraph. "rock boring sponges" sounds scarey.

We'll see how the move to the bottom goes, I did leave the daylights on all day and believe it or not, a few of the coral heads have swelled some.

There is just no price I could put on the valuable information I learn on this site! I'll post again tomorrow with an update.
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