I'm Stumpted.... Help

Discussion in 'Coral Health' started by MadMatt, Apr 17, 2015.

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  1. Todd_Sails

    Todd_Sails Giant Squid

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    Funny me,
    I was thinking- what lights and age of bulbs. Sorry if I missed that.
     
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  3. chris adams

    chris adams Purple Tang

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    Ya that is not good. You should be shooting for a stable range 7 - 12 dkh but most prefer the lower end. So if you are reading your params correctly that is the issue

    If they knew how low your ALK was reading then avoid this place at all costs and find another LFS. Did they test your ALK?

    As others mentioned you should bring water sample to a true saltwater LFS and have them test things for you

    At minimum
    ALK
    CAL
    MAG
     
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  4. MadMatt

    MadMatt Plankton

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    Two Ai sol Blue both about 5 years old
    I will be heading to my go to reef place tomorrow and get some tests done.
    I also picked up a salifert mag and Alk test and will compare to LFS
    Thanks for the suggestions and I will keep you posted :)
     
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  5. MadMatt

    MadMatt Plankton

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    Just bought Salifert Mag and KH test

    Tested twice on both
    Mag 1350
    Mag 1350

    KH value in DKH
    6.1
    6.4

    Then Tested at LSF
    Mag 1350
    DKH 6.1
    Cal 450

    Is the KH still to low to cause my problems?
     
  6. chris adams

    chris adams Purple Tang

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    absolutely is low enough and most likely unless you are dosing alk it is probably dipping much lower than that. Your WC are bringing it back up a bit.

    What you need to do is test your level before WC, then a couple hours after you do WC. Then again mid week, then do test again before next WC. This will basically tell you if you are going to need to dose and what basic usage is. If you are dropping below 7 you will need to supplement ALK.
    Your Mag is on low end of spectrum also (still ok) but WC should help bring it up slightly.

    Some use 2 parts and other use Kalk(if you use kalk watch Mag level) to maintain levels. There are many threads about dosing 2part, kalk, etc etc etc... Whatever you do, if you decide to dose take it slow and use less than suggested. You can always adjust by increasing things.
     
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  7. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    ^Expert advice.
     
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  9. subzero3z

    subzero3z Astrea Snail

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    Not to be a jerk but he said he had double checked his parameters with the LRS to make sure they were correct.
     
  10. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The confusion arises when a LFS would not spot the alk value as being the issue.

    Test kits can be and are confusing, I just experienced my own testing error. We can not really move forward with the discussion or assistance until we know the true values.. A chronically low dkh will wreak havoc on a system.

    The dkh should be at least 7 consistently, a NSW value. At this point I would try a two part system, or do larger water changes, more frequently with a new mix, the salt mix may be bad, or learn to dose kalk.

    The good news is that once that value is corrected the tank will come around again.
     
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  11. Magnus

    Magnus Sharknado

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    Not to b a jerk, but all the testing and re-testing happened after Billme posted.

    Busted! Lol. Just kidding and pulling your chain a little! Could not pass it up
     
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  12. MadMatt

    MadMatt Plankton

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    My alk was a test error. I'm up to 7dkh and tank is still going down hill.
    I bought a chloramine/chlorine test kit from The Filter Guys.
    I just replaced all filters and still getting these results.
    Could this chlorine be the issue?
     

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