Ca and Mg Question

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So I just tested my tanks Ca and Mg levels for the first time tonight. It's currently cycling (just in case that changes things) but from what I am seeing it's just about cycled. I tested my Ca at 380 and my Mg at 1215. I found a chart somewhere on here I think that says those numbers fall in the recommended range. But they are at the absolute lowest end of the range. So I guess I was just curious if these will be okay or do I need to try to bump them up a bit so that they are more in the middle of the range from the chart I found. If the chart is even giving good numbers to go off of.

Here is the chart that I found for reference.

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Since you are almost done cycling I would get some 2 part, mag, and adjust to the levels you want to run and then keep them their.
Same with alk.

I just looked up rpm.
The ca and mag levels are lower than what they say it should mix at but not that far off.
When running a 1 part salt make sure you mix it up before use. Some settling may have happened.
I would check levels of a new batch.
If they are what rpm mixes at the a couple water chamges will bring them up easy enough.
 

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The values you have now reflect exactly (assuming testing accuracy) the values in the salt mix at that salinity.

What salinity do you think it is? It may just be low.
He mentioned it was mixed to 1.026.
Not sure if it was tested or assumed.
 

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He mentioned it was mixed to 1.026.
Not sure if it was tested or assumed.
Oh, I see yes. It may be lower than he thinks, or the Salt mix is off (less likely).
 
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So I test daily just to kind of give my self something to do during the cycle period and the salinity fluctuates between 1.025 and 1.026 on my refractometer. I just bought the refractometer from my LFS when I mixed the first batch to start the tank. They didnt have any calibration fluid so on that end I am kind of at the mercy of wherever it was set from the factory. Sorry for the slow responses on my end, been a busy work day. Thanks for all your guys help!
 

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So I test daily just to kind of give my self something to do during the cycle period and the salinity fluctuates between 1.025 and 1.026 on my refractometer. I just bought the refractometer from my LFS when I mixed the first batch to start the tank. They didnt have any calibration fluid so on that end I am kind of at the mercy of wherever it was set from the factory. Sorry for the slow responses on my end, been a busy work day. Thanks for all your guys help!
Calibration with RO/DI is likely to be a lot better than factory random. lol
 

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Also probably worth mentioning that temperature can affect salinity readings. I'd highly recommend getting some calibration solution in near future. Two Little Fishies sells a product called AccuraSea that is actually bottle sea water and can be used as a calibration solution for salinity, as well as calcium, alkalinity, magnesium, etc...
 
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So I will get some of that solution coming. I did try to RO/DI water I got from the LFS and it read dead on zero. So for the time being until I can get solution hopefully that's close enough for a semi accurate salinity reading?
 

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