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  1. General Reef Discussion
    Hi. For the first time I tested the tank on magnesium and calcium. I’m planning to get corals soon. However I looked at the test readings and saw that the Mg is at 1600 also the calcium is at like 110. Is that to high? If yes can you please tell me how to lower them? Thank you :D
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    General Reef Discussion
    Hi Just to test for the first time Nadine
  3. Marine Depot
    Hanna Makes Testing Fun, Fast, & Easy! Tired of matching colors to a color chart? Get an accurate digital reading with Hanna's water testing tools!
  4. Nano Reefs
    I've been trying to get to the bottom of why I have such a large bloom of diatoms right now. The bloom is so bad that the tank gets a thin brown film in a day and in a few days I get long strings coming off of everything. I've tested my water and the parameters are: Calcium: 440 mg/L Copper: 0...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    I know running a tank is all about taking it slow but i seen i think it was here to speed up the ammonia cycle feed my invisible fish. so i have been doing that for the last 3 days i tested the tank to day PH 8.2 ammonia 2.0ppm Nitrite 2.0ppm nitrate 40ppm Im not 100% sure what it all means...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    I just started a 46 gallon saltwater tank this past week. Got a sump and skimmer added my live sand and store bought water and yesterday morning added my live rock. How long before I see the cycle begin? No visible algae I know I have to be patient but just wondering in general when I should...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    I just thought i would share this. Some were saying that corals can't exist in a high nitrate setting. I always try to get my nitrates down but something in my tank keeps them high. I try to clean the sand and clean the rocks best as possible but dont want to mess with my aquascape to much...
  8. Marine Depot
    Aquarium Test Kits: Which Parameters You Should Test For (and Why) in Fish-Only and Reef Aquariums Which test kits or monitoring tools do you use to check your aquarium water parameters?
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Just some more numbers for all you stat people out there. I like to always keep tabs on everything so here are my results. Red Sea Coral Pro (2 weeks of use, 15 gallons each water change) Mag- 1290 Calc- 430-440 Alk- 9-10 Phos- .02 Ammonia-0 Nitrite-0 Nitrate-60 Instant Ocean (4-5 weeks ago...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    So the last two days I have been testing my water for ALK, CA, and PO4. I had more days tested but forgot to record it. This is what I got the last two days: 01/15/2015 22:47 Tested KH @ 10 dKH need to decrease to 9. 22:48 Tested CA @ 400ppm. Need to increase 440 01/16/2015 21:24 Tested KH @...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Hey Guys, I got a test kit that tests Calcium, KH/Alkalinity, and Magnesium.. I also have Nitrate. My question is, Do I also need to get a test kit that tests PH/Alkalinity? I'm finding it hard to figure out exactly what I need to test for? Thanks everyone.
  12. Nano Reefs
    Good morning from snowy Post Falls, Idaho! Quick question for you guys. I buy "RO/DI" water from my local SFS in town, and, wondering if it really does past the test...mostly because I have allot of algae bloom going on. If you read my "new guy here" thread, you can see my tank is about a...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Hi, I'm having a hard time trying to read this PH test, i know its not the best but its the only one i have, i asked a couple people and keeping getting different answers so im curious what you guys think. Im thinking its around 8.1.
  14. General Reef Discussion
    Recent test results are as follows: Date Mg KH Ca 01/15/14 1360 8.1 470 01/17/14 1360 8.4 470 01/26/14 1360 8.4 470 (after 10% IORC WC) 02/01/14 1320 6.2 440 :eek: Why the swing in Alk? This is the number one thing I was trying to avoid. I tested twice just to make sure I didn't mess up...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    I took my baseline yesterday and wondering how often I should test to find out how much depletion there is so I can calculate how much kalk to dose? Daily... weekly... before my next water change?
  16. General Reef Discussion
    As the title says... how do you measure pH? I am going to start dosing kalk and I am looking for a reliable, affordable way to do this. Also, do I really need to worry about this as long as I just have a slow drip to replace evaporated water?
  17. General Reef Discussion
    Size: 37 Gallon Substrate: 3 inches of live sand 45 lbs of live rock from LiveAquaria Running Cannister filter only with foam Adding HOB skimmer tonight Started adding Seachem Stability yesterday on day 5 Test kit: API Master Temp: 81 pH: 7.5 Ammonia: 8.0+ Off the chart Nitrite: 5 ppm...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    Killing time at the local LFS and noticed the flavor of the month is Sera test kits. I'm always suspicious when an over abundence of a new item shows up. Anybody have any knowledge of them ?
  19. General Reef Discussion
    Has anyone compared the 2, test for test?
  20. General Reef Discussion
    I was just wondering what some signs are that your tanks in tip top shape? With out testing. Signs like your corals are budding, or a certin algae has bloomed or you have no to little algea. Any observations about behavior that every ones happy? I test my water so much! What do you recommend for...
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