View Full Version : Iodine supplementing???

01/25/2008, 10:30 PM
I bought the Iodine testing kit and I am not getting a reading. I even checked it to their sample and it came out fine.It is a Seachem brand. Is it really important to supplement Iodine?
Here are my levels:
I have some Iodine (Kent) here and mg is low I have been increasing daily. It was at 1200 two days ago. Or should I just get the Mg level up first and then start to increase Iodine? I bought the starter kit wich also has a bottle of Strontium& Molybdenum. I don't have a test kit for either of them.

01/25/2008, 10:37 PM
from what I have read, It's very difficult to get a true reading on Iodine. Most people here say you really don't need to supplement it.

As long as you do water changes on a regular basis then your salt mix should give you all the iodine your system needs.

01/25/2008, 10:41 PM
This article has more on iodine:


I stopped supplementing iodine years ago.

01/25/2008, 10:48 PM
The Seachem test doesn't register iodate, so it may read very low although there is a normal amount of I in your system as iodate.

The Sailfert get does test for it, so might be a better option.

01/25/2008, 11:07 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11690497#post11690497 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by DrBegalke

The Sailfert get does test for it, so might be a better option.

I wouldn't bet on it. My Sailfert Iodine kit's doesn't.

Save your money and just do regular water changes, and don't worry about it.

01/26/2008, 12:24 AM
With Salifert kit you can run two different tests so I agree with the DR. I also stopped dosing iodine awhile back. To easy to overdo, and to many "other" things to follow along with dosing it. When I did test and dose, did not really see any better reactions in the tank. So after reading RHF's articles on it I also stopped. Also be careful if you also dose Trace Element supplements as many of these have iodine. Water changes, Trace supplement and iodine-lugols is asking for an inbalance.

01/26/2008, 12:37 AM
I think Randy's article that Bertoni posted says it all. :D

01/26/2008, 07:51 AM
Thanks for all of your help.forget about the iodine. I use Oceanic Natural Sea Salt. That should have more thab enough trace elements in it right?

Randy Holmes-Farley
01/26/2008, 08:08 AM
I'm not a huge fan of Oceanic, but it is likely OK and you do not need to worry about iodine in any case. :)

01/26/2008, 11:07 PM
Water changes. Most quality reef salts have all the iodine and trace elements corals need.