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  1. Fishwife

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    Hi All

    Things are going well, I think. A bit of green algea, and Bubble algea, but the mushrooms seems fine

    Water Perams:
    PH 8.6
    Alk Normal (Red Sea Test Kit) I 'm not sure how trustworthy this kit is...
    SG 1024-1025
    NO2 0
    NO3 0
    Amoniac 0
    P04 0

    Any ideas about the bubble algea, please see pics[​IMG][​IMG]

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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    all looks well, dont be shy to post pics of the engine room etc..
     
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    cool tank
     
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    Hi fishwife! Your tank is looking good! What is the actual Alk? I personally do not trust those Red Sea test kits. What is your Ca level sitting at?
     
  6. Fishwife

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    Can't tell you at thise stage as the Kit was "past by sell date" , got a new one now, will test tomorrow again. why is Calsium important at this stage? I only have Mushrooms in my tank? Please advice
     
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    Thank you, will see how long I can keep it that way...
     
  8. Fishwife

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    Hi

    Busy with the engine room, at this stage a skimmer, a deep sand bed and return pump, and LF in the sump. I only have mushrooms, and a Nemo do I need more "stuff"
     
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    Fishwife, your p.H is a bit too high. Give us your alkalinity and calcium when you can as the guys suggested
     
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    Will do, do you think I have a problem? , please advice.

    Thank you
     
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    Hi

    Your new tank is stunning.. (Yip, a Girlie word) Will be able to tell you tom. Do you think I need to worry, so the Read Sea Test Kits are crap...? Please advice
     
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    It is not very important at this stage, but it is easier to keep a parameter close to optimum than having to adjust it drastically at a later stage. Also, calcium, magnesium and alkalinity are linked, and a change in one would affect the others to some extent.

    I agree that the pH is on the high side, but nothing to be too concerned about. I would suggest that you have someone else check it with a different kit, just to be sure that it's not just a testing / test kit problem.

    Oh yes, you ALWAYS need more "stuff" :whistling: just joking, it should be fine for now...

    Hennie
     
  13. Mekaeel

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    Thanks for the kind "Girlie word" :p
    Yip those Red Sea test kits are not the best of test kits on the market. In terms of advise, Hennie has answered your question/s :)
     
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    Welcome Fishwife.:) Looking sharp girl
     
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    I don't think it's a major problem but the alkalinity and calcium results will give us a better idea
     
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    guys with Alk & Ca being linked so closely....normally fixing one crashes the other:p

    what would be the bigger priority to get right in your opinion/s?
     
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    Alkalinity would be the immediate concern...ie repair with bi carb

    Calcium next...ie repair with calcium chloride

    Once your desired levels have been reached then maintain with a balanced routine...ie slake lime.

    I often read hobbyists dosing either one or the other. Normally its bi carb... its indiscriminate use ends up forcing calcium out of solution. imo alkalinity readings above 9 should be avoided

    In Fishwife's case, their is no immediate concern with pH, HOWEVER at higher pH calcium becomes less soluble. The danger then becomes that as you dose slake lime or calcium chloride it immediately crystallizes and falls out of solution as a fine mist. The question that we then see on the forum is "i have been dosing as recommended for a week and my calcium still remains low""Why".:( These higher sustained pH's can be a result of overdosing with bicarb or washing soda. My info is open to debate though:)
     
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    thanx for the info sunburst...after reading the posts ive been a little concerned regarding the test kits accuracy as well as the ph / alk & ca interaction

    your post gave me a few things to ponder
     
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    Fishwife Thread Starter

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    Hi

    Thank you for the advice, got the new kit will test , and wil test KH tomorrow
     
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    looking nice there fishwife :)

    i would think of putting a black backing to the tank, it would help the LS stand out far better.

    tank really is comming on nicely
     
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    Tank is looking great Fishwife, well done so far! :)
     
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