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This is a discussion on Kate's first tank within the Saltwater Journals forums, part of the Aquarium Photography category; --> Originally Posted by DYHamazon first tests results with an api test kit: dkh-11 phos-0.0 nitrate- 20 ppm temp 74 salinity 1.024 calcium the test ...

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Old 02-27-2010, 07:24 PM   #11
 
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first tests results with an api test kit:
dkh-11
phos-0.0
nitrate- 20 ppm
temp 74
salinity 1.024
calcium the test turned blue first instead of pink..it said under 20ppm
Do these sound about right to start with, or am I testing wrong?
Im definately questioning the Calcium test result. The salt should contain far more than that and there isnt anything in the tank that would be using it yet... So you might want to retest that. Nitrates being 20 is hard to tell anything not knowing what your ammonia and nitrites are. But other than the calcium being so low I would say everything is fine.
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Old 02-27-2010, 08:15 PM   #12
 
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2nd calcium test took 15 drops to go to the purple color.the chart maxes out at 13 drops being 520 ppm.
hmmm.
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Old 02-27-2010, 08:56 PM   #13
 
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What brand of calcium test kit do you have?

Edit: I believe its the API Reef Master kit isnt it? If so then 15 drops == 300 PPM which would be low

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Old 02-27-2010, 09:42 PM   #14
 
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I didn't know whether to get the api saltwater or the reef master. I saw the reefmaster had calcium so I got it. Maybe I'm still doing this one wrong. I'll try to do it again a little later tonight.
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:29 AM   #15
 
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Yes, 15 drops would be 300 ppm. Thats low but nothing to really worry about at this point. Once you see a diatom bloom you will want to test Caclium and Alkalinity daily to maintain a good level to promote coraline algae growth. Have you purchased you Buffer/Calcium supplement yet? BIonic is a great choice here. I would continue to familiarize yourself with the test kit before adding anything however. Make sure you can test it more than once in a row and achieve the same results.
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:54 AM   #16
 
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With calcium at 300ppm and alkalinity at 11 dkh make sure you only add calcium, and do not add the buffer. The BIonic product comes in 2 parts, one of which is calcium chloride. You should only be adding this part of the additive until both alkalinity and calcium are within the desired range. Then adding both parts will keep things balanced for you.

Just to be clear, adding a buffer at this point is a very bad idea.
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:49 PM   #17
 
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I already have the kent liquid calcium and the buffer. I haven't added anything to the tank. I don't have any live rock in there yet,just the marco rocks and sand and some live sand.
So im guessing I should leave it alone for now? The test today read 320ppm cal. Everything else is still the same.
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Old 02-28-2010, 02:40 PM   #18
 
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Yup everything is fine. Nothing to worry about. The sooner you get some live rock to seed the base the better you will be. But the live sand should already be helping to seed it, it will just take longer.
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:49 PM   #19
 
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I strongly recommend using cable ties. It takes a bit of time, but gives so much more stability, and allows for more interesting aquascapping
Are you talking about actual ties? those won't affect the water or break down with time?
http://www.packright.co.uk/media/gbu0/cat/cableties.gif

Great post, definitely taking notes on this as well!
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:21 PM   #20
 
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You got it, actual cable ties. No problems.

And I would add the Calcium Chloride now. Test daily until Calcium is between 400ppm and 460ppm. When both calcium and alkalinity are in the correct range, then you can begin a "normal" routine of dosing and testing.
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