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    Well I have been taking a bit of a break on the reef tank (Never really got going)
    Any who i am currently facing a calcium problem. My API test wont even go high enough so my Calcium has to be in the 600+ range and my KH is 10, Nitrates are high so im going to be doing a water change every 3 days until they are back down. But im mainly worried about the calcium??
     
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    mariobrothersleeve squirrel

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    Yea, what's going on with that? Are you dosing? Your pumps and heaters should be white in color and precipitation. If your not dosing, I'd think you should update your test kit.
     
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    There is a bit of white stuf on my rocks/heater that looks like sand but it isn't. My salinity is at .29 so I might try lowering that, PH looks good at 8.0. Im not dosing with anything and I use Kent salt. Tomorrow il re-test and see if maybe the test was just off.
     
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    Well calcium still is the same, and I literally got calcium everywhere in the tank. Going to do another WC tomorrow but I think the salt might be the problem?? But I don't know why because I know a lot of people that use this salt and have no problems. I did lower the salinity to .25 but it didn't seem to help. Is there anything I could add to lower calcium?
     
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    Ywhats your alk and mag at?
     
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    Alk: 10
    Mag: don't know, (working on getting a test)
     
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    Put more coral in?

    What salt brand are u using? The salt mix should be stirred up before using. Sometimes the calcium chloride will settle at the bottom resulting I'm higher ca.
     
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    currently I have no coral, reason being wont the high calcium kill them?
    Im using Kent salt, and I think that's my problem, even after mixing it with a power head for 48hours and there is still white calcium on the bottom. Maybe if I just suck it up before I add it to the tank?
     
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    High ca doesn't kill coral. Low ca kills. I've never used kent, just iorc. It's precipitating because there is so much calcium chloride. Did u test the mix before the w/c for cal. content?
     
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    No I didn't but I will tonight when I do another
     
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    Are you using RO water?
     
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    Yes, I am TDS is 7 (not perfect but.........)
     
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    So your saying once I get my Nitrates down the high calcium wont hurt the coral?
     
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    ?
     
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    eh yes that did come out wrong...... What im trying to say is, Will large amounts of calcium fall out hurt corals?
     
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    Since we're on nitrates. ..... what are yours?
    600 is high and you will have some fall out of cal, but it won't harm the coral. I know a few that keep 500+. Just get it down below 500 and you'll be fine.
     
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    right now nitrates are 80, don't know how that happened because there is only 1 clownfish but im guessing its because of all the algae die off.

    Good news is got some nice purple coralline algae starting so that should help a bit on the Calcium
     
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    I would not have coral above 20ppm of nitrates. For the coraline, mag levels need to be monitored.
     
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    hoping to have the nitrates down to about 10, and can you explain what coralline does to mag levels? Lowers them?
     
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    mariobrothersleeve squirrel

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    Yes, coralline does lower mag levels. It consumes alk, mag, cal.
     
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