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Old 11-04-2012, 06:47 PM   #1
 
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
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:18 PM   #2
 
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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Old 11-04-2012, 07:53 PM   #3
 
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.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:55 PM   #4
 
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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?
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:00 PM   #5
 
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
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:07 PM   #6
 
That dkh buffer is good stuff. I use it in my aquarium.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:39 PM   #7
 
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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.


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Old 11-07-2012, 02:20 PM   #8
 
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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