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General Help : Calcium / alkalinity

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 23:59
Author: Reefer4Ever
Subject: Calcium / alkalinity
Posted: February 22 2017 at 5:59am

Definitely get another test kit or take it to an lfs for a second test, at 5 dkh those corals should be very unhappy. What salt are you using? Move the dkh at no more than 1 dkh per day. What type of corals are you keeping? What are all your parameters in your water that you are testing for? As you have read here other things in the water whether I high or low can make it hard to get the dkh up.
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General Help : Calcium / alkalinity

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:57
Author: phys
Subject: Calcium / alkalinity
Posted: February 22 2017 at 1:57am

You'll want to bring the kh up to at least 7 to match a calcium level of 400. 7.5 would be better. Also, kh is a buffer to help keep the ph level from swinging too much. Strontium and magnesium help that to an extent also.

Try to get the kh up to the point that matches the calcium and then watch it for 3 or 4 days without dosing to see how much your tank uses and then dose to keep that stable. Or slowly add more kh over the course of a week, check, and if it's still dropping, increase the dosing, and repeat until you have it in check. Then you'll need to continue checking because as the corals get bigger and the more you add, the more they'll be eating up.

You may need to increase then two part in the calcium due to some systems eating more kh than calcium. It's not always a 1:1 ratio.

You'll also want to get a second check to verify your tests are accurate. Sometimes a bad test kit can give you bad values.
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Parting Out 90G, ecotech, corals, fish etc.

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 17:59
Author: bstuver
Subject: Parting Out 90G, ecotech, corals, fish etc.
Posted: February 21 2017 at 11:59pm

Will you have any live rock you're selling? I need some pieces for my new build, not a lot but if you're willing to let me come pick a few pieces shoot me a text at 801-404-3215 or PM me with a price! Thanks!
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General Discussion : Banned from Fish-4-U

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:34
Author: Corey Price
Subject: Banned from Fish-4-U
Posted: February 21 2017 at 10:34pm

Well that isn't good news, Mark. Stay thick-skinned, my friend. I was once the subject of a character assassination by some unfriendly LFS owners. I thought it was funny then and still get a kick out of it. I've also been good friends with many LFS owners over the years and they continue to get my business. They all will remain anonymous.

I'm actually saddened to see so many of you gang up on Mark, and this is not the first time. I see no fault in Mark for expressing his dismay and apologetic attitude here. To all who seem to be offended by Mark:

I've been in this hobby a long time, but not close to as long as Mark. He's been through it all. I have never been offended by him. I stand by him. He was the first person I met when I walked through the door at the Rose Garden all those years ago, and he greeted me with a smile and a welcome. I can't say I've ever been wronged by him. Please, please give him the benefit of the doubt.

Again, I'm really saddened to see this.

Corey
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General Help : Calcium / alkalinity

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 15:22
Author: 1stupidpunk
Subject: Calcium / alkalinity
Posted: February 21 2017 at 9:22pm

Heres a few links you can read if you really want to dive deeper into the daily pH shift....

http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2007-05/rhf/#6
http://www.melevsreef.com/node/1739
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General Help : Calcium / alkalinity

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 15:21
Author: MadReefer
Subject: Calcium / alkalinity
Posted: February 21 2017 at 9:21pm

Check magnesium and you might want to slow the addition of calcium while you bring up the alk. From my understanding, alk and cal will combine and precipitate out if one value is too high and this happens at lower levels if magnesium is low.
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General Help : Calcium / alkalinity

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 15:19
Author: 1stupidpunk
Subject: Calcium / alkalinity
Posted: February 21 2017 at 9:19pm

I don't know all the scientific jargon but its not uncommon for Ph to shift during hours of darkness. Photosynthesis doesn't take place during lights out (unless your running a reverse daylight refug) so the corals/macro aren't creating oxygen. (most corals get there color from the zooxanthellae algae which is photosynthetic which creates oxygen).

Most of our bigger reefs have refugiums and large quantities of water so the drop isnt as significant. On a 13.5g (i assume you dont have a large sump with it) the change will be much more noticable... as long as the the drop and the peak are within acceptable ranges I wouldnt be to concerned.




Edited by 1stupidpunk - 11 hours 40 minutes ago at 9:20pm
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General Help : Calcium / alkalinity

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:59
Author: chuckfu5
Subject: Calcium / alkalinity
Posted: February 21 2017 at 8:59pm

Guys,

4 month old tank, 13.5 gallons. Heavily stocked with coral and a couple fish.

Parameters are as follows
PH 7.8 in the morning, 8.2 in the afternoon
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 5
Phosphate 0
Calcium 380 - 400
DKH 5

I've started dosing Kent's 2 part for the calcium...its slowly increasing but cannot get the alkalinity to move.

Any thoughts on what's going on?

I do a couple gallon water changes every 3 or 4 weeks.

Trying to learn about water chemistry and just trying to understand and do the best that I can.

Everything appears happy and growing.

TIA
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Parting Out 90G, ecotech, corals, fish etc.

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:57
Author: Skylerpax
Subject: Parting Out 90G, ecotech, corals, fish etc.
Posted: February 21 2017 at 8:57pm

As of now all the coral and fish are sold pending pick up.
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General Discussion : Banned from Fish-4-U

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:18
Author: MadReefer
Subject: Banned from Fish-4-U
Posted: February 21 2017 at 8:18pm

Wow!
I never knew that people could be offended by someone suggesting an alternative way to do things that could save them money. I've always been offended by the people who act like it is a contest to show how fat your bill fold is. I guess that is why I've never been offended by Mark.
But Mark, you should know better, especially if you have been asked not to before.
Fish4U has always been my favorite fish store.
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Introduce Yourself : New to forum

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:03
Author: Reefer4Ever
Subject: New to forum
Posted: February 21 2017 at 8:03pm

Welcome aboard, you will find varying opinions on every part of saltwater to reef keeping. I would not ever use tap water in any of my tanks, but that's my choice some do and have good success. It's good to have you on the boardsand here, ask lots of questions weed thru the replies and like ×e all have done make your best educated guess and hope for the best.   Start a build thread on your tank. I know I love following builds.
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : FS/FT:API saltwater

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:15
Author: Zack801
Subject: FS/FT:API saltwater
Posted: February 21 2017 at 7:15pm

Oops didn't realize the title wasn't very good. It's the API salt water master test kit
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : FS/FT:API saltwater

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:07
Author: p_hefe
Subject: FS/FT:API saltwater
Posted: February 21 2017 at 7:07pm

What is it?
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : FS/FT:API saltwater

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:50
Author: Zack801
Subject: FS/FT:API saltwater
Posted: February 21 2017 at 6:50pm

Bump!
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Tank Threads : 400 Gallon Starphire Build - Mixed Reef

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:10
Author: Scottyb
Subject: 400 Gallon Starphire Build - Mixed Reef
Posted: February 21 2017 at 6:10pm

Very nice!
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Parting Out 90G, ecotech, corals, fish etc.

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:42
Author: Reefboy4life
Subject: Parting Out 90G, ecotech, corals, fish etc.
Posted: February 21 2017 at 5:42pm

Price for blue tang?
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : 90 gal Driftwood w/ Ecotech pro lights and pump

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:42
Author: Reefboy4life
Subject: 90 gal Driftwood w/ Ecotech pro lights and pump
Posted: February 21 2017 at 5:42pm

Price for blue tang?
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Parting Out 90G, ecotech, corals, fish etc.

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:29
Author: thathiep
Subject: Parting Out 90G, ecotech, corals, fish etc.
Posted: February 21 2017 at 5:29pm

How much for the leopard wrasse and octospawnn?

Regards,
Duh
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : 90 gal Driftwood w/ Ecotech pro lights and pump

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:29
Author: thathiep
Subject: 90 gal Driftwood w/ Ecotech pro lights and pump
Posted: February 21 2017 at 5:29pm

How much for the leopard wrasse and octospawnn?

Regards,
Duh
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General Discussion : Banned from Fish-4-U

Recent Message Board Posts - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:17
Author: Mark Peterson
Subject: Banned from Fish-4-U
Posted: February 21 2017 at 5:17pm

Kris has every right to ask me not to enter his store or to talk to people in his parking lot. I'm not upset about it. I believe I also understand how many of you have strong opinions of how this happened because of the way I am. There are issues I must deal with. Life can be complicated. I have definitely changed in good ways and bad. 
Thanks to everyone who has already or will soon add their 2 cents. I appreciate all the comments and am taking them seriously.
Aloha,Mark  
P.S.This causes me to reflect on some of the drama associated other LFS in the past and things that have happened in the WMAS and it's relationship with individuals and organizations in Utah. Ahh, the stories that could be told. 
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