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Old 04-26-2006, 12:40 PM   #21
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According to the above article it looks like you are in Zone 3.
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Old 04-26-2006, 12:43 PM   #22
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the nirate test 2 and nitrite tested 0
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Now i tested my ammonia it has spiked to .25 .

That is a little weird. Check it again over the next few days and it will likely drop on its own. Ammonia is usually produced because something is decaying.
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Old 04-26-2006, 12:45 PM   #24
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I wouldn't worry too much about the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate at the moment. I think that your only concern right now is to lower your alk everything else should be fine.
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The bubble is trying to come out alittle since the MH has kicked on.
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If I am in zone 3 then it says to add calicum.
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Old 04-26-2006, 12:53 PM   #27
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Calcium chloride would be the best form of calcium to add. Make sure not to add something that has any form of carbonates in it. You need calcium only.
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Old 04-26-2006, 12:55 PM   #28
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After adding calcium chloride for 1-2 weeks your water parameters should stabilize.
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Old 04-26-2006, 12:55 PM   #29
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Where should I get this?
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Old 04-26-2006, 01:01 PM   #30
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At any LFS or even Petsmart has it. Kent and Seachem both make calcium supplements using calcium chloride. (Kent liquid calcium, kent turbo calcium, seachem reef advantage calcium, seachem reef complete, to name just a few).
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Okay I went to the lfs and they had kent liquid calicum. It says to add 1 cap full for every 50 gallons. I est my total gallonage at 170 so add 3 cap fulls.
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Test your calcium and alk before adding the supplemen. Wait about 6-12 hours and test again and see how much your parameters have changed.
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Old 05-07-2006, 02:29 PM   #33
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Great news on Mr Bubbles, He is almost fully extending again. This is one of those DUH cases. I had forgot about moving him until yesterday. When we had gottn home from fishing yesterday Mr Bubbles was on his side. The flow was strong enough to move the sand from one side of him over time. When my hubby set him back up . He put him alittle deeper in the sand and said I put him back in his oringinal spot. Within an hour, he can out some. He contuniued to come out more. Today when the MHs came on out came Mr Bubbles even further. I am so happy I had just about given up hope on him.
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Great! Glad to hear that Mr. Bubbles is doing better.
Did you catch anything while fishing yesterday?
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Yesterdays fishing was junk day. I caught a puffer, stingray and a very nasty baby American Eel.
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We caught some 14-16" sea trout at the local pier a couple of weeks back.
But anyways, sorry to hijack your thread.
To get back on topic - How's your alkalinity lately?
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Alkalinity is still high I haven't done anything different except to add the gallon a day top off. It is so high it is not registering. Calicum has dropped alittle tho not much 400 today. As far as hijacking the thread, fishing is always a favorite subject, it is right up there with my reef.
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Frag I have been trying to do some research on my alkalinity problem. I am going to throw a curve into my situation here. Could my magnesium be off? According to this article, that could be a problem too. http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/oct2003/chem.htm
I don't have a test for magnesium.
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Instant Ocean is low on magnesium to begin with so it is very likely that your magnesium levels are on the low side. 1200-1300 is the target for mag. Epsom salts in small amounts is a good way to raise magnesium but since epsom salts is magnesium sulfate you would not want to use that as your sole source of magnesium due to excess sulfates. Sulfates are needed in the reef aquarium it is just that epsom salts has a high ratio of sulfates to magnesium. As long as your bubble coral is looking good then I would not stress the high alk or the magnesium levels for now. Your tank is still very new and your bioload is light. Are you begining to get coraline growth on your glass?
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No, no coraline is on the glass yet. But I think I am getting new coraline on my rocks. There is some patches of very white growth on my rocks next to the pathces of coraline that I have. It seems the coraline is one of the few algaes that is slow growing in my tank.
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