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    My calcium stays at 400 to 420. Don't ask me how much of that I dose , it is pretty random.
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    Ok good so it's not a real science experiment and you don't need a chem major to maintain it
    And you just use home baking soda correct. Not the BRS stuff
    Definitely going to look into the home stuff compared to dumping bottles of spendy additives.

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    This really isn't rocket science, your critters will let you know how they feel. All the error here is human error and not paying attention. If I was testing every week instead of every two weeks, I would have nailed this before I really f****** things up . My bad
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    Re: lights positioned over tank...Yeah...that's what I was thinking about. Looks better to me, now we see if your corals agree?.. Re: Alk: I use the BRS stuff buy it in bulk and it seems to work fine, not all that spendy vs. buying some of the liquid additives.
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    Well, I have some work to do Kevin. My alkalinity has gone thru the roof and I am losing sps tips as we speak. SOLUTION BY DILUTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am gonna be busy this week with 30 gallon water changes til it hurts, and then I will just bend over and do more until I can mellow this out. Operator error is what we will chalk this one up to .
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    Sorry there to hear that...I missed some posts, yeah, good luck w/ lowering the Alk....dilution & consumption will get 'er there.
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    Yeah............... it sucks, but luckily I know people I can get frags from if the worst happens . I will work thru it man, no biggie unless the whole thing crashes in which case, I will jump out of my basement window.
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    Bad thin about bigger tanks. 30 gallon water changes. Man I thought 10 gallons was rough.
    Good luck.

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    I have been doin them for 8 goin on 9 years, don't even think twice about it.
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    Looking good Charlie, I love the lights, I've been thinking about putting leds over my cichlid tanks or at least one of them to start. It does make everything in your tank stand out with sharper more defined edges. I need to stop by more often, had to go back almost 10 pages to get caught up.

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    Hey parrot, long time. They are a work in progress my friend. Ican see at least a 6 month eperiment goin on here, depending on a few things. I am in no hurry to see results, I just want to make them look good. As I said before, the alk thing has me more worried.
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    I think you'll be fine on the alk thingy, you've worked worse out before and got it right, I got faith in you, I do remember back a few years ago at the other place you had been concerned with the par and their ability to grow sps, and yes I did go through the thread you linked back a few pages back, I guess these things have come a long way to have you playing with them. I just pulled up obd's website, those 120's aren't that expensive compared to the marineland double bright strips that I don't really feel warm and fuzzy over. And obd's got a helluva warranty to back it up.
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    I talked with Mike for probably about 3 hours total over about a month and a half before I said go for it. There is another thread on here by aquanut, she has the same lights, and started in November. A lady I know in Spokane switched to LEDs about a week before I did, and both of those people have beautiful tanks. I am pretty sure they will work out, it just takes time, and believe me, I got more time than I got brains.........................lol. If you are interested, talk to the folks at OBD and tell I sent ya,they are great people and know their stuff.
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    More than welcome to call me dumb.
    But would it be because your corals are in "shock" of the new light and not absorbing as much minerals as they would if they were healthy?
    Just came to mind thought I'd ask.

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    this was going on before the new lites, my alk readings were bouncing up and down like a freaking super ball since late October when it cooled down and the amount of evap went down.
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