do I need to dose for soft corals?

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  1. JJK

    JJK Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    Do I need to dose any chemicals/elements for soft corals? Should I be checking Ca, Mg, I, etc? Or is that only important with hard corals?
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  3. sostoudt

    sostoudt Giant Squid

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    now there important to all corals.

    its good to get into the habit of checking atleast calc for any corals i think.

    but if your low on money you dont need to really do anything, as good saltmix should get you fairly close to the ideal parameters, and weekly water changes should keep your parameter close enough for soft corals. btw i wouldnt dose iodine unless you really know what your doing, it can kill inverts if overdosed.
  4. shipbear

    shipbear Bubble Tip Anemone

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    I #1 that..

    And it depends on what salt you start with..
    I started with a salt more for fish.. Had alot of trouble getting it right for corals..
    Yes check for cal and mag.. When you can.. I add stuff for filterfeeders..
    Even tho your corals may not need it yet, learn to get and keep your water for them..
    You never know when you'll run into a coral... You HAVE to have..LOL
    And your tank will be ready for it..

    Good Luck, Larry
  5. 10acrewoods

    10acrewoods Fire Goby

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    you only dose what you test for. If test show low then dose if you don't do test then don't dose
  6. kiarah

    kiarah Coral Banded Shrimp

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    So if thats the case what should you test for then?;D
    K
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    wastemanagement Eyelash Blennie

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    soft corals will be fine with just water changes to top up levels
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  9. Dr.Fragenstein

    Dr.Fragenstein Panda Puffer

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    Dose with lots of light....
  10. kiarah

    kiarah Coral Banded Shrimp

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    So they dont need calcium, mag & all that then?
    I thought once you start adding corals you had to test & add lots of other stuff?!
    Thanks K
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  12. Dr.Fragenstein

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    Soft corals? No not really... Many softies do incorporate some Ca into their body but not much, water changes will replenish that.
    As far as the other elements, I wouldn't be concerned.
    Light is good, small phytoplankton will help also.