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Jan 21, 2013
Hi all, had my system set up a while now but only just got the salifert carbonate hardness/alkalinity test i just did my PH, calcium and alkalinity here are the results

PH - 8.0 (about 5pm)
Calcium - 500+
Alkalinity - 10.2 kg/dkh or 3.65 meq/L

The calcium and alk seem really high is this anything to worry about? I dont dose any sort of additive for calcium or alk but i did do a few large water changes in a row a few days ago to lower nitrates which im guessing is why the calcium is so high

My PH was at about 7.2 before i attache an airline from outside to my skimmer.

What should the alk be at is the 3.65 meq/L too high?

Many thanks
Salinity is 1.025 measured with a refractometer o calibrated before doing it, ammonia is 0 phosphate 0 nitrite 0 temp 25 Celsius if this helps
Stats as of just now

Alkalinity - 9.6
Calcium - 490
PH - 8
Nitrate - 5
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Phosphate - 0.1
Salinity - 1.025
Temp - 25 Celsius
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