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Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by Mawnkey, Jan 1, 2012.

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  1. Mawnkey

    Mawnkey Ritteri Anemone

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    Guys I have had my tank running for only 2 months now and would like to start looking into docing to increase the necessary peramiters to keep sps and clams. Iv heard about docing kalk to increase calcium. My question is what parameters should i be testing for and what should i be docing with to increase them. Thanks guys
     
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  3. SwimsWithFish

    SwimsWithFish Giant Squid

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    well you don't need to dose unless those params are low. whatever you dose you'll want to test for.
     
  4. Ryland

    Ryland Stylophora

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    Your tank is not mature enough to house SPS corals. You should not do this. Dosing is used when your water parameters are low ie calcium etc. Do not dose until you test first find that your element(s) are low.
     
  5. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Test for Ca, Mg and alkalinity. What size tank do you have?
     
  6. lmr2o

    lmr2o Millepora

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    +1 on those three.

    I think Ma should be between 1250-1400

    Ca 380-450

    Alk 7-11 dkh


    This article explained a lot to me
     
  7. Ryland

    Ryland Stylophora

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    Is your tank cycled? Have you tested any parameters? Again though I would not place SPS corals in a tank this young
     
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  9. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    There is nothing wrong with gathering information and getting in practice to prepare for the real deal. Once Mawnkey gets the parameters stable and other corals growing then SPS is fine. There are some very hardy SPS like Stylophora and Pocillopora that are good to start with.
     
  10. Mawnkey

    Mawnkey Ritteri Anemone

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    Thank you 2in10. I have a 40 breeder. I will not adding sps until I have stable parameters. I al simply gathering information. Okay so test for magnesium alk and calcium. How do get those params up if needed?
     
  11. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I suggest getting dry minerals from Bulk Reef Supply and mixing up solutions per their directions.
     
  12. Ryland

    Ryland Stylophora

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    Agreed