Salinity level for best SPS growth

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by YellowBelly, Oct 12, 2007.

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  1. YellowBelly

    YellowBelly Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    What is the most beneficial salinity level for the fastest SPS growth and greatest coloration? I read that a level of 1.0255 may hurt SPS growth. Any opinions?
     
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  3. cuttingras

    cuttingras Starving Artist :)

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  4. YellowBelly

    YellowBelly Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    I thought Natural Seawater was at 1.027 so why would 1.0255 hurt coral growth?
     
  5. Brandon1023

    Brandon1023 Fire Goby

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    Because natural seawater is...well...natural. The stuff WE generally have is synthetic. I keep my SG at 1.023 to 1.024 and have had SPSs grow wonderfully.

    However when I lived in San Diego, the LFS I went to sold natural seawater. MAN that stuff was great!!! Talk about ZERO algae! That was the cleanest I've ever seen my tank ;D
     
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  7. Tangster

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    With NSW it all depends on the location and time of yr the sample was taken.. There is little if anything natyral about a reef AQUARIUM..
     
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  9. BaxterS80

    BaxterS80 Pajama Cardinal

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    Isn't that the truth, Tangster..LOL I keep my specific gravity at 1.026 and mine thrive at that level....You should also keep in mind that specific gravity is directly related to temperature
     
  10. geekdafied

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    We actually checked the salinty once in FL at different depths. 1-3" was 1.026, 10' was 1.025, 20' was 1.025 30' was 1.023 we only went about 45feet and it 1.023-1.024. Which all makes sense cause the water evaporate at the surface so it would be more concentrated there.

    FYI, we carried hydrometers in ziplock bags and opened them at desired depths to test it.

    My salinity flucuates from evap, and I have EXCELLENT growth. I try to keep it around 1.023-1.024 though
     
  11. Pro

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    My salinity level is at 1.025... My corals have GREAT growth...
     
  12. northbay-reefer

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