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Post by BBAILEY_TYLER on Mon 16 Apr 2012, 10:27 am

alright i did finally get to do another water test and this is how they were:
PH : 8.2
NITRATE : 0
NITRITE : 0
AMMONIA : 0
ALKALINE : 11DKH
PHOSPHATE : 0
CALCIUM : IS A LITTLE HIGH BUT 550PPM
Anyone see any problems with the test result i think they are pretty spot on except calcium is a little high after two days of lights out i turned them back on sunday and cut the light cycle back to: blues on at 11:30 and whites on at 1:30, then whites off at 7:30 and blues off at 9:30 that eliminates a little over two hours off the whites which i think will help with the algea. NO more coral excel for a little bit till i get the algea under control.
I added carbon the the sump/refuge and thanks to win i added a bunch of cheato. not all the algea is gone so i need to clean the rest off the rocks but finally with the lights out my 6" bubble tip came out of hiding and is in a perfect spot ti see him and the mated pair of true perculas is hosting it, they just needed some dark time i guess, lol.
I tested the phosphates with a liquid chemical test and came up with 0 are those test accurate??

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Post by matt_longview on Mon 16 Apr 2012, 10:31 am

What brand and kit? If the lowest reading is .25 it's not even close. That only tells you when you have a major issue. The reading should be .02... a high phosphate reading is .05, so a .25 reading would be 5x what is considered high in our tanks.
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Post by BBAILEY_TYLER on Mon 16 Apr 2012, 10:42 am

man not sure i know it is an API saltwater reef test set not sure what the jumps in mesurements are i know it mesures from 0.0 ppm to 10ppm what test should i use?

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Post by BBAILEY_TYLER on Mon 16 Apr 2012, 10:43 am

i thought i would have some phosphates for sure because of the algea?

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Post by matt_longview on Mon 16 Apr 2012, 11:14 am

You do have phosphates for sure. The issue is with lights that are as bright as yours, the algae will grow so effectively that your phosphates will never rise very high. Someone with limited lighting's algae will not grow as efficient so their phosphates will get higher.

Here are several reviews of the API phosphate test though.
Didn't like 1) doesn't read phosphate at a level low enough to be meaningful to most marine aquarists

Because phosphate is something that one wants to be able to measure accurately to the smallest possible level, this kit is practically worthless unless you have a very high level of phosphates in your tank.

High range phosphate kits just are not useful for our hobby. Since you have algae you know the phosphates are present, so you can either treat for phosphates every time you get an algae outbreak or you can monitor it with a low range test kit. You'll get an algae outbreak long before that test kit picks up anything, so it's use is very limited for you.
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Post by BBAILEY_TYLER on Mon 16 Apr 2012, 11:27 am

what brand should i get?

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Post by matt_longview on Mon 16 Apr 2012, 11:37 am

I would suggest the Hannah Phosphate Checker. I use it and Gabe does as well. Great test kit.
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Post by KyleK on Wed 06 Feb 2013, 10:13 pm

I am considering the Hanna test kit from Marine Depot. I have seen several positive comments about the phosphate checker. What about the other testers? Thanks for your insight.
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Post by matt_longview on Wed 06 Feb 2013, 11:47 pm

I also have the Alk test. Both are incredible!
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Post by John_A_Tyler_Tx. on Thu 07 Feb 2013, 6:47 am

Hey on my last water tests my calcium was a little high too....what's the best way to fix that

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Post by ritter678 on Thu 07 Feb 2013, 11:45 am

John_A_Tyler_Tx. wrote:Hey on my last water tests my calcium was a little high too....what's the best way to fix that

How high? Unless you're dosing it to the tank or your salinity is off then your calcium shouldn't be high. Really the only way to lower it is to let it fall naturally or water changes with a lower calcium salt.
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Post by KeepingParadise on Thu 07 Feb 2013, 3:23 pm

Check your magnesium too, if it is not at the correct parameters your calcium will not be absorbed.
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Post by matt_longview on Thu 07 Feb 2013, 10:25 pm

I'd do another test to make sure. If it really is high I'd mix a fresh mix of saltwater and test it before adding it to the tank. Let us know those test results.
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Post by KyleK on Fri 08 Feb 2013, 12:11 pm

Just ordered a trio of Hanna Checkers(phosphate, alkalinity, calcium). Eager to try them out. Very Happy
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