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terryap 12-27-2009 10:15 AM

Readings
 
Calcium reading is coming in at 480 ppm, is this too high??
alkalinity is reading at 3.8 meq/l
ph is reading at 8
ammonia and nitrite at 0

Pasfur 12-27-2009 11:48 AM

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Originally Posted by terryap (Post 295041)
Calcium reading is coming in at 480 ppm, is this too high??
alkalinity is reading at 3.8 meq/l
ph is reading at 8
ammonia and nitrite at 0

Perfectly normal. You have no need to add calcium at this time, but you can test it every 3 days or so to get an idea how fast it drops. Same with alkalinity and buffering. After a few weeks of regular testing you will have a pattern established for your system that will generally not change much unless you add more livestock.

terryap 12-27-2009 02:12 PM

thanks, will test again in about 3 days, nitrate coming in at approx 5 ppm

terryap 12-30-2009 07:14 PM

calcium still at 480, good bad?

Pasfur 12-30-2009 07:56 PM

Remember, calcium is utilized by coraline algae, corals, and the buffering system. Calcium will slowly deplete in aquariums without live corals, much faster in systems with corals.

It is not uncommon for it to remain unchanged for a week or more in FOWLR systems that do not have large amounts of coraline growth.

You're doing fine.

terryap 12-30-2009 07:58 PM

Great :) fish are doing great so far as well! cabbage leather has finally opened and looking great! UV sterilizer coming tomorrow


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