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Old 08-10-2006, 02:19 PM   #1
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Bringing Calcium levels down


What is the trick to bringing Calcium levels down to a desirable level? I've tried water changes several times now, and it doesn't seem to come down to what my test kit says is a desirable level. It stays about 3 levels above that desired point. I can't seem to get coralline algae to take off from my rocks with existing coralline, even when I add Purple Up.
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Old 08-10-2006, 02:34 PM   #2
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When you are doing WC's are you still adding stuff to the water like a CA supplement?

Also what kind of salt are you using?

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Old 08-10-2006, 03:03 PM   #3
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I don't add any additives when I do water changes. I'm using Oceanic salt, but I had the same problem when I was using Instant Ocean.

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Old 08-10-2006, 05:15 PM   #4
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I'd suspect the test kit first, if it doesn't give you a figure in ppm for Ca but rather a "desirable scale" I wouldn't trust it.......Get a Salifert test kit and then test.

Oceanic has some of the higher levels of Ca amongst salt brands, thus many people like it for tanks with high Ca needs.

Do you have alot of calcium demanding corals right now? If not I wouldn't stress too hard over your calcium levels and would strive for stability more than a target range.....

Get a new test kit and post the Ca, Alk and Mg if possible.....Salifert is one of the best bets for the hobbiest.
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Old 08-10-2006, 05:42 PM   #5
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Sorry about my last reply. I was at work, and couldn't remember what my ppm were on the Calcium. I have an Aquarium Pharmaceuticals test kit, and it has the desired range shown as 400-500 ppm. Mine is at about 560 ppm. I have a few Ca demanding corals (two bubble corals, a frogspawn, a candy cane, and a small piece of scroll coral), so I'm concerned about the Ca levels for them, but I'm also concerned because of the lack of coralline algae in my tank.

Thanks for the input.
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Old 08-10-2006, 05:48 PM   #6
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Can you take a water sample to the LFS and have it tested and check it against your test?
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Old 08-10-2006, 05:53 PM   #7
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Yeah, I'll have to try that. Don't know why I didn't already think of that.
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