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post #41 of 62 Old 02-27-2009, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
also i know i have some actinics but not sure of the light fixture or the name of it still dont know were to find that out :(
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post #42 of 62 Old 02-27-2009, 11:52 PM
Test strips are completley wrong and inaccurate. You need a liquid kit.
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post #43 of 62 Old 02-28-2009, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
kk got it so just a starter kit?
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post #44 of 62 Old 02-28-2009, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
o also, while some of my corels are lossing their color, my hammer 1 is doing great, pick of my hammer under actinics
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post #45 of 62 Old 02-28-2009, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
and here is the same pick of my hammer under my normal lighiting
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post #46 of 62 Old 02-28-2009, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
and btw here is a pick of my 120g SW that i am starting to go reef with, sry for not being to good at taking pics, also had to crop this down so i could upload it lol its only way i know how to upload pics is by making them smaller never works when they are bigger sizes... hehe
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post #47 of 62 Old 03-01-2009, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
just did a water change 2 nights ago and now my NO3 and NO2's are at 0 and every thing eles is around the right lvl nothing to high or to low as of now, i did a lot more reading and learning a lot more only thing that i am workin on with my water is my cal its a little 2 low, and i was wondering, when i do the test for cal, it takes 13 drops for the water in the tube to turn from purple to blue does any 1 know how many drops is normal?
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post #48 of 62 Old 03-01-2009, 07:39 PM
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I am unable to offer any assistance until some detailed facts about this setup are posted, including water parameters and equipment.
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post #49 of 62 Old 03-01-2009, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
120 gal tank with over flow, on custom built stand, Iwaki external pump, Octopus Extreme 160 protein skimmer, Coralife 18 watt UV steralizer, Current USA Outer HQI light fixture and also, 2 TLF phosban reactors SF....And for my water paraamters, My CA is 380, ALK 9, NO3 and NO2's are at 0 , and my PH is 8.0

sry if i dont seem like i know to much i am just learning about some more stuff and doing a lot more reading now
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post #50 of 62 Old 03-02-2009, 05:14 AM
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In the picture of your hammer, the coral is not opening up much. Does it expand much for you? If not, try moving it down a few inches in the aquarium. Hammers are very sensitive to the exact placement in the aquarium. My particular Hammer needed to be place rather deep in the aquarium before it began to grow well. Every one will be different, so you need to figure out what yours likes.

Your alkalinity and calcium can both come up a bit. With both being low, you can simply add a 2 part B-Ionic type product, then test again in 24 hours. Aim for Calcium > 400ppm <500ppm and Alkalinity of 8-12 DKH.
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