Why am I dosing SO Much - Iodine, Purple Up, Calcium, Kent Essential Elements.......

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by ALW, Oct 14, 2008.

to remove this notice and enjoy 3reef content with less ads. 3reef membership is free.

  1. dark126

    dark126 Astrea Snail

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2006
    Messages:
    74
    Location:
    saudi arabia
    most important test kit for the reef is KH if its between 8-15 dkh your system is ok if less its mean carbonate is low ph low calcum start efect it will go low if you do not correct the kh . thse is my openion sorry for broken spelling iam arabic
     
    3 people like this.
  2. Click Here!

  3. PharmrJohn

    PharmrJohn The Dude

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    4,615
    Location:
    Shelton, Washington
    Hey man, don't apologize for your spelling. You can obviously communicate in two languages while most of us can only do one. You're doing great.
     
  4. lunatik_69

    lunatik_69 Giant Squid

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    7,933
    Location:
    Miami, FL
    +1 on what he said. Luna
     
  5. antonym518

    antonym518 Purple Spiny Lobster

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Messages:
    451
    Location:
    Urbana
    I dose with cal, iodide, and a essential elements. Get good growth out of everything sps softies clams, everything. I think you will be fine. don't worry so much. I always notice things "perking up" after dosing.
     
  6. ALW

    ALW Sea Dragon

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    503
    Location:
    South Florida
    + one more Dark.

    Now Someone give me a reason.

    I would like to believe it were the test kits but I have received the same #s from TWO different LFS.
     
  7. ReefSparky

    ReefSparky Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2007
    Messages:
    3,675
    Location:
    South Florida
    I didn't read the original thread that you say spawned this one, but, without asking my most obvious question (Why are you dosing in the first place. . .) I'll ask these instead:

    1. What are you trying to achieve with your dosing?
    2. What do you suppose will happen if your stopped?
     
  8. Click Here!

  9. ALW

    ALW Sea Dragon

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    503
    Location:
    South Florida
    1. I am trying to keep my Calcium at 440-460. My dKh at 12-13, My pH at 8.2 and my Iodine anywhere from .01 to .06

    2. I have tried to use a less and saw my Calcium drop to 360, dKH to 9, my pH dropped to 7.75 and when I first started testing for Iodine I was at Zero.

    My guess is that is where the #s would return to.
     
  10. ReefSparky

    ReefSparky Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2007
    Messages:
    3,675
    Location:
    South Florida
    When you said "dose" I thought of other items. I think in this hobby those things we administer to our tanks to regulate calcium, dKH, and magnesium are part of the game, and there's no shame in topping off these supplements to maintain levels where we want them. As for iodine, I'd follow what amcarrig said referring to Holmes-Farley's article regarding iodine (not dosing it unless you have some specific reason).

    If your calcium and dKH are so low, maybe you should consider a different salt mix like Coralife. PM Geek, he has the rundown on what most salts contain out of the box, so to speak pertaining to their levels of the above items.

    I think if you keep your calcium, magnesium and dKH at their proper levels, your pH should fall into line and take care of itself.

    FWIW, I use Bulk Reef Supply's two part solution, which gives you the dry chemicals to mix with RO/DI water and produce solutions to keep these three parameters where they belong. They even have a calculator where you can input what your present levels are, and what you'd like them to be, and it gives you the exact amount of each solution to add to achieve the desired levels.

    Good luck! :)
     
  11. Otty

    Otty Giant Squid

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Messages:
    6,467
    Location:
    Elizabethtown, IN
    Xenia, Sabae Anemone, Frogspawn, Yellow Star Polyps, Buttons, Sun coral, Mushrooms, Riccordia, Zoas, Feather Dusters

    If this is what you have in your tank then I have no clue why you are trying to keep Ca so high. None of these are hard corals needing a calcium base structure. Dude you are keeping softies. I would slow down my friend unless you are preparing the tank for SPS's.
     
  12. ALW

    ALW Sea Dragon

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    503
    Location:
    South Florida
    Originally I was using this tank as my experiment/learning tank. I figured that I shoud learn to keep everything as if I were going to add SPS's. I have since decided that it will not happen until I go to a bigger tank (very soon now).

    What level of Cal is acceptable for softies?

    If I may quote amcarrig - Oh the stupid. It Burns.