Kalkwasser

Discussion in 'Coral Health' started by evojoe67, Feb 11, 2009.

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  1. evojoe67

    evojoe67 Aiptasia Anemone

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    I don't know what to think at this point. Did my LFS just need to make a sale, thus telling me i needed a Kalkwasser? I mean i spent like $100.00 on this, and we all know in todays economy, moneys really scarce. I'm just ready to give up on the corals, and just have a FOWLR. I can't afford to keep throwing money away. I'm really bummed.
    I'm thinking tomorrow i'm gonna change out like 40 gallons of water, and see how that works. As i said, it's a 210 gallon, with a 40 gallon refugium. Think about 40 gallons is a good amount?
     
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  3. RHorton

    RHorton Pajama Cardinal

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    did you check out the two links I gave you?

    As far as the kalk I would take it back, or wait to you get your ph and alk where they need to be before using it.at this point your calcuim is fine. the reason I asked about the alk is if you raise it along with your ph it will lower the calcium.I know it sounds confusing but check out those links I gave you they will help as they also give inexpensive fixes to the problems.
     
  4. reefnut1

    reefnut1 Spaghetti Worm

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    Most people use Kalkwasser to make up their evaporated water not to make major water parameter corrections. Kalkwasser is a good product that will keep falling numbers of PH alk up to their normal range.
    But only make changes to your tank when you know what all 3 of thes items are. Each one effects the other. It is not hard to keep them in balance once you start testing for them and slowly making changes to correct them.
    You LFS did not charge you 100 for Kalk only did he? If so that must be a very large bottle. Try to buy that kind of stuff off of te internet or Dr Foster and smith or similar sites.
     
  5. evojoe67

    evojoe67 Aiptasia Anemone

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    No, i got the Kalk, a pump, and a Tsunami AT1. What about a Ca reactor? Necessary?
    As far as the links you sent, i briefly looked at them, but i'm kinda brain dead right now(12:40am on East coast), so i will check it tomorrow.
    I think i will do that water change tomorrow, though. I can't thak you guys enough for your help.
     
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    evojoe67 Aiptasia Anemone

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    Thanks so much for all the help. Your a real big help.:cheesy:
     
  7. Dr.Fragenstein

    Dr.Fragenstein Panda Puffer

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    First off, is the brain under a higher flow area? That would be my first thought and hasn't been touched yet. Many LPS, eps very fleshy ones like trachyphyllias do NOT like excessive flow...
    Also your pH is low for one of 3 major reasons. 1. Test was bad or inaccurate, 2. Alk is too high and in conjunction with the high Ca it is depressing the pH or 3. You have a high bio load creating heavy organics which in turn is lowering the pH.
    How often do you do W/Cs? How many fish do you have? What type of filtration are you using?
    I would recommend the kalkwasser once you have your parameters in line as it will not "balance" things out for you. Kalk does raise pH but it also raises Ca and kH.

    Get the parameters where they should be before fooling around... At least thats what I would do!!

    Good luck and happy reefing!
     
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  9. evojoe67

    evojoe67 Aiptasia Anemone

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    I am going to do a water change today. I will then do a test of all parameters to check what needs to be raised/lowered.
    I will be going to my LFS to obtain all the proper testing kits, and get on top of these levels, to ensure proper levels are maintained.

    As far as the Brain, it has always been in the same spot, which it has seemed to like in the past. Middle of tank, with Koralia #4's at each end. My guess would be that flow isn't the problem.
    I will keep you guys posted as to the outcome. Thanks so much to everyone for all the help.
     
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    Dr.Fragenstein Panda Puffer

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    Do you ever feed the brain? Frozen fish roe works great!!
     
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    reefnut1 Spaghetti Worm

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    Let us know your alk reading after you get it tested and we will see what you have from there.
     
  12. evojoe67

    evojoe67 Aiptasia Anemone

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    I will update you guys. Thanks for the support.