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    calcium level

    my calcium level is at 850 if i read the test right,im using a sea chem test.now i know its to high what do i do i just did a 20 gallon water change my tank is a 65 gallon with a 25 gallon sump its only filled half way,my water is like not clear ,murky ,this happened when i put reef calcium and reef builder.i recieved my test kit only after this happened ot only 3 days.

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    I doubt that reading, do a reference test. When mine expired I was getting high readings too.

    What about your alk reading?

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    could it be that i overdosed?

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    my tank looks all merky,whitish

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    Overdosing with Ca can cause a "snowstorm" in your tank. As well as gettting the Ca and Alk out of balance. When they say don't add something you haven't tested for - they also mean Ca & Alk. I would not dose anything until you know what your are lacking. In a tank with few corals, just water changes should be all you need with just an occasional adjustment.

    In my 90 gallon, I drip kalk water to replace the evaporated water with weekly 10% water changes. I only have to dose Ca or Alk occasionally to get them back in balance or to raise the Ca when it drops to 400.

    I think your test is faulty, like Cake Fan said. I would get a second test (maybe from your LFS) preferrably using a different brand of test kit. I personnally use Salifert test kits.

    Here are some sites with good Ca/Alk info -
    http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/nov2002/chem.htm
    http://www.kademani.com/reefchem.htm
    http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-0...ture/index.htm

    Vickie

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    the cloudiness is from od'ing on Ca. the big question is how much did you put in? It's a scary thought but, what if the reading is acurate. I'm sure people have done it b4

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    Sounds like a big water change is in order. Like 50 %. This should help dilute the calcium down to an acceptable level.
    Gail in Nova Scotia

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