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    ChrisS
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    Calc Levels High

    My Cal. Level are high always running at 600 checked with seachem and Salfirt test kits . I keep doing water changes every 3 or 4 days about 10%. But I can't seam to get the levels down. I check my salt mix Sechem before changing and it test good.

    Am I making to much out of this or should I keep up with the water changes ? I have been doing this for over 2 months now.

    Tank Size total water volume 200 gal.

    Alk 7.9 to 8.1 dosed ones a week with Brightwell 8.2 alk buffer only 50 mil a week .
    Mag 1380 holding steady no dosing needed.
    Cal. 600 no dosing what so ever
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    Just_Tim
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    Ive kept a sustained calc of 650. Extra calcium won't hurt it's the alk that will nuke your system.

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    ChrisS
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    Thanks I have been worrying too much then and hopefully not doing as many water changes

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    If you have a club member living close to you ask them to test calc just to verify your test kit is working accurately

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    Here is a link to an article about calcium and alkalinity. This is the guy whose recipe for dosing I use. He has several articles on water chemistry that are really informative - lots of details, but a conclusion at the end to sum it up simply too. http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-04/rhf/feature/
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    unless you are seeing calcium precipitating in the tank, you are OK. You would know if it was precipitating, you would have white slime all over everything, in the tank.
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    ChrisS
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    Thank you all for putting light to this I think I can breath easier with what you have said. No Precipitation in the tank or on heaters or pumps so I won't fret to much on it like I have been . I did just order a new Hanna Calcium test meter .

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