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Old 04-08-2012, 06:06 PM   #11
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:41 PM   #12
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It was my lfs that tested it. I saw 2 test kits one was a lamotte and the other was salifert and I had them test alkalinity and calcium.
then your alk must be terribly low. I would say that's the problem. If your alk is ok, then there is no way your calcium level is upwards of 500.
You aren't going to get that out of reef crystals anyway. not unless there's something wrong with the batch.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:32 AM   #13
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Okay. The guy at the lfs said that its probably the batch. Would high calcium irritate My nem? I'm not sure though about their testing. Im gonna get kh and calc test kits and see for my self. Any brand recommendations?
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I would listen to Mr X on the chemistry issue. The color looks pretty good and normal IMO. He could be a little more fuller but he seems to be getting better as the day goes on.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:38 PM   #15
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So should I get a kh buffer? Or how do I fix it?
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:12 PM   #16
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He moved overnight, to a low flow area. Kinda weird. Maybe he wanted low flow until he recovers? He kind of accepted some frozen brine shrimp today.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:18 PM   #17
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You aren't getting a calcium level of 550 out of reef crystals salt mix. I would invest in a better test kit. API I'm assuming.
Just thought about something. Ive noticed that it takes about a half cup more salt per gallon to get to 1.025 on my instant ocean hydrometer. When I mix water in a 5gal bucket, I have to add 3 cups or a little more. Instead of 2.5 cups. Could that be the calcium issue? Or is it definitely the test kit?
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Maybe that's your problem- the hydrometer. Those can be terribly inaccurate. You would be much better off with a refractometer.
Check your SG against someone's refractometer in the interim.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:16 PM   #19
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Ok. I'll check with the lfs. I haven't graduated yet lol. I guess I'm gonna have to.
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P.S., if they are using a hydrometer as well, then I would not trust that either.
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