Coral supplementation/dosing

Discussion in 'Coral' started by flynhawaiianz28, Jul 20, 2015.

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  1. flynhawaiianz28

    flynhawaiianz28 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Yeah that's very true and I got a steal of a deal on that IO RC last time I bought it so it was hard to pass up and I have been very pleased with the results so far keeping my salinity at around 1.025-1.026 and my temp around 77-78. May just have to stick to IO RC and try to supplement with some reef roids for feeding and maybe try that lugol's as well.
     
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  3. flynhawaiianz28

    flynhawaiianz28 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Maybe this is getting into something over my head but lets just say that I did want to start dosing and could test like i should...where would i even begin? A 2 part solution?
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I have used IO the vast majority of my time in the hobby. I used RC for about 2 years, during that time I had a couple issues with the chemistry on my nano, chronically high magnesium was one of those issues, no biggie but not ideal. I switched back to IO.

    You'll only dose a two part if needed. If your Alk is below 7.5, Calcium below 350, mag below 1250, then you might consider dosing. You start dosing when your tank's utilization/consumption of the big 3 is too great to be replenished by routine water changes.

    So you need to start with baseline values for Alk, Ca, Magnesium. You should also get a Nitrates and Phosphate level just to know where you're at, you do not have to test for N/P routinely unless you see an issue.

    If you're going to start a 2 part you'll need Ca/Alk/Mag test kits or hanna checker.

    Since you do not know your tank's consumption/personality I would start with a basic 2 part like Kent, TwoLittleFishies, BRS.......Popular simple two part products.
     
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    Billme Eyelash Blennie

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    Testing is the key. Fixing a problem that isn't there can only lead to trouble. I also suggest an iodine test kit if you are dosing iodine. It becomes toxic when even slightly more than natural levels. I expect your elements are just fine with the water changes you do. That's the easiest way to adjust levels.
     
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    flynhawaiianz28 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Thanks guys! The last time I measured my levels in both my tanks, I was checking for a week period to see how the swing in parameters was and they weren't low by any means and were within range so I know the consumption can't be too high. I should go back and do another week of testing just see where everything is at again even though I know my corals are fine and healthy it is more of a peace of mind thing. I do know for a fact that my nitrates in both tanks last time I checked were at 0 and that my phosphates had just a trace. I changed one tank on Saturday last weekend and the other tank is due this weekend. I will try and snap some pictures so a better idea can be given about the coral load each of these tanks have.
     
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    flynhawaiianz28 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Alright, so I have uploaded a picture of my pico 20 gallon. I have some various soft corals like mushrooms, xenia, some polyps and also there are some zoas and euphyllia in there as well. Now this tank has been doing great but i would like to keep loading up on some more coral. I would like to stick more to LPS, SPS is slightly questionable if I want to try some of the easier ones to keep but I may transfer a few small pieces from my other tank and give it a shot. My LFS was out of reef roids this past weekend and I'm waiting for them to get it back in stock. I have appreciated all the suggestions thus far and figure I can start off by feeding but if anyone has any other input I would love to hear it : )
     

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    Well, that looks to be a beautiful and healthy tank! I commend you on being so diligent with water changes given your work schedule. I'm with others on this, perhaps target feeding for growth but I wouldn't mess with a good thing that you obviously have going with your husbandry.