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Thread: dkh of 24??

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    Senior Member volitan's Avatar
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    dkh of 24??

    I just checked my dkh and its 24...I tested it with 2 different test kits twice each.....What do I do with that?How do I lower that?
    Derik...

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    Depends on where your calcium is but have a look at this:

    http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/nov2002/chem.htm

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    Senior Member volitan's Avatar
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    my calcium is a 360-380
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    Check zone 3 then in the article.

    If I understand the article correctly you need to

    Stop dosing ALK
    Keep dosing Calc

    and / or do a partial.

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    Senior Member volitan's Avatar
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    Thanks krugar,good article.....I Use IO so Its low in calcium to start off with...should i go 450 in calcium?
    Derik...

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    The goal is typically around there, but I'm having problems getting my calc below 600 & I'm only dosing ALK.

    The high count is still a mystery too me, my RO water from Loblaws reads almost nil (30ppm) calc yet my Oceanic salt mix gets me to 580-600 every batch.

    I have an RO/DI unit arriving this week via UPS so I'm weaning myself from Loblaws. I won the aquasafe unit 2 models up from the one's sold here. (Has a larger clear DI canister and a 4G pressurized tank). I'd been goofing off entering low bids on Ebay not expecting anything to come of it & I got it for $70US + shipping. ($140 CDN tax & shipping in)

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    Senior Member volitan's Avatar
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    Maybe you should slowly try using Instant ocean the calcium is only 360
    Derik...

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    Yeah I've been thinking about switching. I suspect I got an off batch tho, everyone else mixing Oceanic is getting around 430ish.

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    maybe the two of you should just trade some water and solve everything.
    i like that the oceanic salt has higher calcium levels, once diluted in the tank, it helps replenish what the corals used up.
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    ahaha good one...shipping would expensive thouhg
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