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Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 06:48 PM
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:thumbsup: Happy reefing. :)

:thumbsup:

Happy reefing. :)
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 06:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,270
If you can afford to go with GFO, I would. :)

If you can afford to go with GFO, I would. :)
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 06:44 PM
Replies: 11
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pH is not important in that way.

pH is not important in that way.
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 04:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,897
Ahh! I always hated Chem. That's OK. We...

Ahh! I always hated Chem.

That's OK. We won't hold it against you. :D

The ammonia is high. Have you had elevated ammonia before?

If the calcium is real, and not a testing error, let it...
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 03:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,751
The presumed idea is that it releases minerals...

The presumed idea is that it releases minerals like iron that may be useful. Iron is sometimes useful, but can be obtained in other ways. I don't use mud in my refugia.
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 03:28 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 35,616
I'm sure lots of folks have been using it, but if...

I'm sure lots of folks have been using it, but if they have any troubles they won't know that this might be a possibility. Especially when we don't know what to even look for as the first sign of...
Forum: Reef Discussion 01/11/2008, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,045
If the ammonia is down to undetectable levels, it...

If the ammonia is down to undetectable levels, it is fine to put in some snails and such. What did you plan to add?
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 03:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,014
is this plain ordinary baking soda--that is...

is this plain ordinary baking soda--that is better to use the Kent super dKh

Yes. At least it is not worse. Bake it first if you want it to raise pH as well as alkalinity.
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 03:07 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 35,616
:lol: I doubt that will work in seawater...

:lol:

I doubt that will work in seawater either. :D
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 03:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 862
You're welcome. Good luck. :)

You're welcome.

Good luck. :)
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 03:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 569
Folks are often successful by driving bacterial...

Folks are often successful by driving bacterial growth with sugar/ethanol(vodka) or other organics to get the growing bacteria to take up nutrients. I don't see any particular reason to want to add...
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 02:58 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 35,616
We are concerned with bromide (Br-), not bromine...

We are concerned with bromide (Br-), not bromine (Br2). Bromine test kits as for pools are not useful for us. :)

The difference is the same as chloride (Cl-; 19,000 ppm in seawater) and chlorine...
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 02:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 862
The changing rate depends on whether phosphate is...

The changing rate depends on whether phosphate is elevated while using it, the flow rate through it, and how much you use. If the phosphate is still quite high after a week or so, change it.
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Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 02:53 PM
Replies: 11
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In your mind would it be OK to mix a batch of...

In your mind would it be OK to mix a batch of seawater to the same salinity as the bag water and then take the new fish/coral straight from the bag to the new mixed batch?

Same salinity and...
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 02:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 620
It isn't my preferred way to keep reef aquaria,...

It isn't my preferred way to keep reef aquaria, but some folks do seem to like using it.

What is it that you want it to accomplish?
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 02:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,270
My preference for phosphate reduction is to...

My preference for phosphate reduction is to actually take it out, as opposed to leaving the precipitated phosphate in the tank the way liquid binders can. I'm also not sure what negative impacts...
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 11:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,741
It is certainly true that the low pH that comes...

It is certainly true that the low pH that comes from CO2 in shipping bags may help animals deal with the ammonia that is building up. It has been speculated that if you raise the pH by mixing in...
Forum: Reef Discussion 01/11/2008, 11:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,045
I would not assume it eliminates it. Organisms...

I would not assume it eliminates it. Organisms on the rock may die in transit. If there is not much there, then that may not happen, but if there are creatures on it, some will die by being exposed...
Forum: Reef Discussion 01/11/2008, 11:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,045
Do you have an ammonia kit? The only way to know...

Do you have an ammonia kit? The only way to know when it is cycled is to monitor it. The times vary from no apparent ammonia to a substantial amount for a few weeks. To some extent, the less...
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/11/2008, 11:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 713
There are X-10 controllers that do that sort of...

There are X-10 controllers that do that sort of thing. :)
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 11:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 776
Check the calcium level in your salt mix. Water...

Check the calcium level in your salt mix. Water changes may be dragging it back after you boost it up. :)
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/11/2008, 10:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,229
I'd have to agree that finding new and unexpected...

I'd have to agree that finding new and unexpected things that come in with live rock is one of the coolest things about this hobby. I've got many things in my tank that I did not intentionally add,...
Forum: Reef Discussion 01/11/2008, 10:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 858
Whatever brand you choose, make sure it has 2...

Whatever brand you choose, make sure it has 2 point calibration, and reading to 0.01 instead of 0.1 is desirable. :)
Forum: The Reef Chemistry Forum 01/11/2008, 10:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 776
Stop the limewater (kalkwasser) addition until...

Stop the limewater (kalkwasser) addition until the alkalinity declines to a normal value (say, 11 dKH). Then restart it using less (that is, less solid lime in the same top off water).

Boost the...
Forum: Advanced Topics 01/11/2008, 10:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,123
FWIW, I'm not especially fluent with the reactor...

FWIW, I'm not especially fluent with the reactor calculator as I do not have one so have not used it much.

In general, if the tank alkalinity is fine, and the tank pH is not too low, there is no...
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