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post #31 of 143 Old 12-03-2009, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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If you are seeing a diatom bloom, it would be the perfect time to begin the alkalinity and calcium testing. Proper levels will help to encourage coraline, and reduce the risk of cynobacteria, hair, and thread algaes.
I'll do calcium, alkalinity and phsophate testing this evening.
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post #32 of 143 Old 12-03-2009, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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I see a KH reading of 8 here. Is that from a Carbonate Hardness Test? If so, this is in the range, but in the lower part of the range. Test kits suggest 7-12 dKH; I try to keep mine between 8-12 dKH.
Yes. It is from a carb hardness test.
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Yes. It is from a carb hardness test.
Ok. Good. That is the test for Alkalinity. What brand? API? Did that Reef Master Kit come with a Calcium Test?



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Ok. Good. That is the test for Alkalinity. What brand? API? Did that Reef Master Kit come with a Calcium Test?
Yes it did. Unfortunately my new kit only had 2 of the result cards (phosphate and carb hardness. Trying to figure out if I should go back to the store or call API.
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I brought the refractometer and a water sample to my LFS who calibrated it with a solution that they had for this purpose. They tested the water with two of their refractometers and with my new one and the results all came back the same post calibration.
may want to just re-check that again with an outside party. if the LFS is using their calibrating solution on your refracto as well as theirs ofcourse they are all going to come back with the same readings.
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post #36 of 143 Old 12-05-2009, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Day 11 - Water test results (All API tests from master and master reef test kits - salinity from a newly calibrated refractometer).

PH - 8.2
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 5
KH - 8
Salinity - 1.030
Phosphate- .5
Calcium - 500 ppm
temp - 77.6

Diatom bloom has taken over my tank big time. It has covered my base rock, is out of control on my live rock and sand and is now on my skimmer and power heads.
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may want to just re-check that again with an outside party. if the LFS is using their calibrating solution on your refracto as well as theirs ofcourse they are all going to come back with the same readings.
Mine read at 1.30 today on mine and a friend's.
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Mine read at 1.30 today on mine and a friend's.
That should read 1.030
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Diatom bloom has taken over my tank big time. It has covered my base rock, is out of control on my live rock and sand and is now on my skimmer and power heads.
About what we would expect. This will last for a week or two, and then quickly disappear without any action on your part.
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post #40 of 143 Old 12-06-2009, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Should I start doing very small water changes with RO water to drop the salinity down a little? Like maybe a gallon here or there?

I also leave in the AM for 2.5 weeks. Should my friend do anything other than top the tank off with the RO water I brought home?
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