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Old 08-08-2018, 10:35 AM
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I think the issue is you are trying to keep alk and cal constant with your ATO but the amount of evaporation will be different some days causing you to use more top off water causing a spike. I would switch over to dosing pumps and dose a and b. You will be able to keep levels much more consistent and once your dose is dialed in you can test every few days or once a week.
I think you convinced me to be honest with you. The more serious I get about keeping the more I see that some things have to change.
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Old 08-08-2018, 10:38 AM
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Checking the alk multiple times a day for serious SPS guys is not that uncommon because IMO alk is the most important element to keep stable in an acceptable range.....too big of a swing could damage many months or years of growth very quickly and takes months to recover if at all. Personally I test it once a day....


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Thanks Mike! I wouldn't consider myself a lazy refeer but very close to it when it comes to testing ha. Thats why I really need this Apex ALK/Cal/Mag to come out already ha ha
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Old 08-08-2018, 10:40 AM
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If , you serious about SPS, forgot about Kalka. in long way make more harm then good.
I stop using , i end up have Calcium over 500 , not even show in scale. Calcium reactor is the key. I will add some tips:

Electronic bubble regulator = The BEST
Monitor melting media , then when go to low , do NOT add. use wet vacuum , remove it , clean the sponge in the bottom, you will see media become like sand , restrict the water flow on pump, add NEW media.

Use a pump to take water from bottom ,push to top , help to remove some CO2 .

I start using strainer to avoid Detritus go inside the reactor .

Use outside air Intake for Protein Skimmer.

I monitor the bubble and pump of C.R. every week.
Test Alk. one a week , unless i found some think wrong.
I love 7 dKH.

Vio, these are your babies that I'm, trying to grow out so I appreciate the advice sir!
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Old 08-08-2018, 10:43 AM
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This is not chasing numbers.... this is keeping consistency. and testing alk regularly applies to keeping sticks. and if not testing and going rambo is good for you then by all means go rambo. But testing alk and cal and mag is not about chasing its about keeping your water consistent
Jazell, I know where you are coming from my friends but I have to agree with Brooklynreefers because I lost a few nice pieces and had no clue why until I realized that alk dropped dramatically when I was trying to reduce my salinity levels a bit by adding RODI.

I know stupid me for not considering the other levels I was reducing but this is what happens when you try to go without keeping track of your levels.

Thanks for all the feedback guys!!
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I test water at least once per week and if any parameter is off I adjust my dosing pumps and let it raise or go lower slowly.


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