Imbalanced mineral use?

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  1. kwinter1

    kwinter1 Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    Just had a question for everybody that wants to chime in. Problem: my magnesium never seems to drop and even seems to climb sometimes. I have a 125 parameters today mag 1600 calcium 350 alk 7.2. I dosed calcium to 420 and alk to 8.2. I change 10gal/week and occasionally do a 40 gallon water change. Should I assume my mag test is bad because it is always high or just the live stock demands lots of calcium? Live stock (coral) 7 sps frags to small colonies and a derasa clam. Any thoughts on this I would appreciate it, and it has been a while so hello again everyone!
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    What salt mix, dosing product names too please? Oh everyone will want test kit brand as well.
     
  4. kwinter1

    kwinter1 Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    Salinity (aqua vitro), bulk reef supply dosing (their brand) and Red Sea pro test kit.
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Well it's not the salt mix, that should mix around 1350-1400 per their instructions. What is your specific gravity? Are you using a the magnesium component in the BRS 2 part?
     
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    kwinter1 Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    1.026 and yes the two part
     
  7. Ryland1

    Ryland1 Astrea Snail

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    For a 125 - I would not consider 7 SPS coral frags even remotely a heavy load. Can you have your test doen at a LFS before you buy a new test kit?
     
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  9. kwinter1

    kwinter1 Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    I have a good sized derasa maybe 10" long 6 " wide
     
  10. Marshall O

    Marshall O Giant Squid

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    So are you overdosing the mag? If you are dosing at all (the mag that is), I would stop until it drops.
     
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    kwinter1 Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    Haven't dosed it for two weeks and it is still high
     
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    Marshall O Giant Squid

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    I guess my point is you may have been overdosing without knowing it. Usually you will use far more cal & alk vs. mag. Just let it lower on its own and you should be fine.