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klgj0102 11-04-2012 06:47 PM

Test results
 
I have been testing my water because I have started adding corals and a couple of them aren't doing so well....
How do these numbers soound and should I be testing for other stuff?
Amonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
PH 8.4
Calcium 540+
Alkalinity 3.5
Spacific Gravity 1.024
Also...I have an LED light with 64 3W LEDs

evanlundberg4 11-04-2012 07:18 PM

Is that 3.5 dkh on the alkalinity? Maybe placement on the tank in regards to flow and light? Also if you just added them they could still be adjusting. I had a toadstool mushroom that took three weeks to come into it after I got it and my green star polyps took several days to even open.
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Reefing Madness 11-04-2012 07:53 PM

Calcium is WAY to high, should be between 420-460. Alkalinity is way to low, should be between 8-12. SG should be 1.025-1.026.
LEDs are good. Might shock incoming Corals. All depends on what your LFS had the Corals under.

klgj0102 11-05-2012 06:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reefing Madness (Post 1298641)
Calcium is WAY to high, should be between 420-460. Alkalinity is way to low, should be between 8-12. SG should be 1.025-1.026.
LEDs are good. Might shock incoming Corals. All depends on what your LFS had the Corals under.

What do you do to bring the calcium down and Alkalinity up?

Reefing Madness 11-05-2012 07:00 PM

Saltwater Aquarium Buffer: Kent Marine Superbuffer-dKH pH Buffer and Alkalinity Builder
Chemistry And The Aquarium: Solving Calcium And Alkalinity Problems — Advanced Aquarist | Aquarist Magazine and Blog

evanlundberg4 11-06-2012 07:07 PM

That dkh buffer is good stuff. I use it in my aquarium.
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beaslbob 11-07-2012 12:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by klgj0102 (Post 1299892)
What do you do to bring the calcium down and Alkalinity up?

add small amounts of baking soda.

if the 3.5 is meg/l alk is fine. If it's dkh then it is low. a teaspoon or two for every 50g or so will raise dkh and lower calcium. Just take it slow and easy.


my .02

Reefing Madness 11-07-2012 02:20 PM

That's just a quick fix Bob. Not a prblem solver. And if it were to be done correctly, you bake it first, then you can use it.


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