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Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by Stingray, May 6, 2009.

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  1. ReefSparky

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    Ok i added half my epsom salts today, couple of questions/

    1-bit later on can i add some calcium buffer because mines at 350pmm for a couple of days, and i can tell my corals are all looking a bit worse for wear, either being deprived of a certain mag/calc /alk or due to me putting all these chemicals in the tank. whatever the reason their starting to look bad...

    2-no that i added half the epsom in theory this should bring my mag up to 1240, so if i add some calcium will this now hold it, and my alk stay stable (not drop)?
     
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    You might want to test your mag before adding any alk or calc to the mix.
     
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    Ok, just done this before coming back on, the first epsom salt treatment 6oz has raised my magnesium from 1140 to 1230, will do another epsom salt treatment tomorrow, has for the calcium can i do this today, just gonna do me alk test now...
     
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    If it were me I'd get my mag up to 1500 first, then work on calc and mag. Maybe someone else can chime in here. Also, some would say it's probably ok to bump 360 ppm in one day. (1140 to 1500) I've read where Jason McKenzie said to dump the whole mag buffer in at one time, and I trust him.
     
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    ok, was going to raise it to 1350, why do you have it at 1500?

    soda for alk, epson for mag, i take it there is no cheap fix for calcium,? i do have reef advantage calcium, that i plan on useing to raise the calcium, anybody used this?

    Thanks so far, you've all been great...
     
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    put the second lot of epsom salts in, let it mix in the tank a hour and half, then tested.i,ve used 500g altogether today, and its raised it from 1140ppm to 1320ppm.
    Tomorrow i am going to start adding the reef advantage calcium from SEACHEM...
     
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    Bump, i'm nearly there just a bit more info on the above would be super before i use the calcium tomorrow...