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sirreal63
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Joined: 21 Feb 2004
Location: Meadowlakes, TX

PostPosted: 2007.02.05(Mon)6:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of good links to keep handy, Dr Randy has already done the homework. Smile

Values of average seawater in reefs...
http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-05/rhf/index.php


An excellent calculator for figuring out how much "stuff" to add to keep the ratio's in line...
http://reef.diesyst.com/


Before the calcium reactor I spent a lot of time dosing and testing and this made it much easier.
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SLACkra
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Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia

PostPosted: 2007.02.05(Mon)19:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

damn! oh well 6ish years into this hobby and I am still messing up lol.

the question I pose to you sirreal is does it matter if the ratio is out of ballance? is there a documented affect on the inhabitants?

andrew
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PostPosted: 2007.02.05(Mon)22:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fish couldn't care less, stony corals do. If things get too far out of balance usually the excess will prevent uptake of the others. Rand Holmes Farley is a good person to read up on, he takes the no-nonsense approach to the chemistry side of this hobby.

For most applications just doing regular water changes will keep things OK for fish and softies. It gets more complicated with lps and sps. Most salt mixes do not mix out what NSW is so you have to adjust it. Most never get the alk near what it should be while the calcium and mag are usually pretty close. I always test and adjjust water change water to minimize the impact on the corals.
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