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  1. General Reef Discussion
    I am setting up my calcium reactor. I don't know if its just that I am tired but these instructions for my pinpoint PH controller suck. I have it calibrate. I want it to controll my CO2 solenoid. I want it to have a centerline of 6.8 with a range of +-4. 6.6-7.0 according to the MRC...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    Using my own inline RO/DI water supply. If have algae means have phosphates, then how do most you pro's eliminate phosphates? Water changes to bring out algae on glass faster after each glass cleaning. Have calc reactor, skimmer, etc... What is the secret to eliminating phosphates?
  3. Topic of the Week Archive
    Well gang we have started the year off pretty well so far ( i think we did anyway) with some nice topics with many asking ans answering. FYI. the bi-weekly ( or longer) is for everyone. please if you have a question about the topic just jump in! Water balance..... Function: noun : the ratio...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    i messed with my calcium reactor last night ... & left it running on high all night, and most of the day today ... when i came home the PH: 7.3 Now the PH is back up to PH: 8.0 CA: 600 dKH: 24 will the dKH level itself back out, or can i do something about it? thanks, marco
  5. General Reef Discussion
    I'd really appreciate anyone's help so I can try to straighten out my pH problem. Out of all the tests I usually do, pH is probably the least. I've checked it maybe 5 times in all since I initially set it up in July. I always got the 8.3 reading, so I thought that was just something to test for...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    I've got a 50g fish and reef tank. Two clowns two dwarf angels and a couple shrimp, 50 lbs live rock and a half dozen corals, mushrooms and leathers easy stuff. Problem is ph drops to about 7.4 unless i put some buffer in weekly. Is this a problem?
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Hi, I'm having trouble keeping my Alk up. I use kalk in my top off water, ALMOST all the time. But if I miss a day or 2, my Alk goes down to about 7. My guess is I just need to use more kalk more often. But my stupid question is, What uses up the Alk?
  8. General Reef Discussion
    I was wondering how many hours a day I should run the lights on my Refugium. 24/7 or at night when the main tank lights are off, Vince
  9. General Reef Discussion
    I am thinking about setting up a reef tank, although have no previous experiance & have been reading lots of stuff, but have now suffered information overload & as everyone has there own views & choices I am getting a little confused. I had deceided on a canister filtration setup as in a book...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    I just ran new tests last night & I guess I need to refresh myself on upping Alk/Lowering pH. I have some stuff from Red Sea called Marine Success Buff, but don't know if it's advisable to add or not (says 20 drops for 15 gal.)? Ammonia = 0 Nitrites = 0 Nitrates = 0 KH/Alk = 6.4/2.29 Ca = 620...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    How do I get my coraline to start growing more?? I bought some Kent's Liquid Calcium yesterday..... will that help? It say to put 1 capful per 50 gallons every day. I have really nice coraline on my biggest piece of lr, but not on the others. Will moving the ones w/o coraline next to the one...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 75 gallon reef setup with a protien skimmer, live rock and sand. I have mostly corals - xenia (which populate like crazy), hammer, torch, slipper, leather crown, cabbage leaf, meat, flower pot, mushroom coral and a button coral. I have a scopus tang, 2 scotter blennies, a dragon goby...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    I guess I just don't understand marine chemistry. I have been working at raising the pH in our 70 gallon which has LR, DSB, a coral beauty, small yellow tank and lawnmower blennie. Alk is at 1.8, I know, still low but I am raising it by adding B-ionic part one each morning. That kicks the pH...
  14. Advanced Archive
    I know I'm being cheap, but for those that dose... I recently read that pickling lime and Kalkwasser have the same essential ingredient (calcium hydroxide). Further, that pickling lime can be used in the place of Kalkwasser as a calcium supplement. The main advantage of Kalkwasser is that it...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    I know I'm being cheap, but for those that dose... I recently read that pickling lime and Kalkwasser have the same essential ingredient (calcium hydroxide). Further, that pickling lime can be used in the place of Kalkwasser as a calcium supplement. The main advantage of Kalkwasser is that it...
  16. Skimmers/Equipment/Reactors Archive
    Hi Everyone I am a bit confused on the subject of calcium reactors I have been dosing kalk for a while now via a drip and things are going great but I would like less maintenance for the calcium supplement B/C I am out of town from time to time. First off, I have The Reef Aquarium text by...
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