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isajgh
05/14/2016, 09:18 PM
Hi! My tank is aprox 6 months old and doing really well so far! I have a Kenya Tree, Frogspawn, Gsp, rasta zoa colony and red ring zoa all thriving and growing! I'm planning on adding several more frags this upcoming week but want to be sure I'm doing everything properly. I've been doing a lot of research as to what should be dosed and controlled for proper coral keeping. Up until now I have not had to add any supplements to my system thanks to bi-weekly water changes but with the addition of more frags I know I will need to start dosing. Long story to get to this: what brands of supplements do you recommend? Specifically for the big three: calc, alk, and mg? Any tips/ suggestions for a relative newbie are also very welcomed! I've attached a few pictures below :) Thanks!!!

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moatdaddy
05/16/2016, 08:13 AM
buy reliable test kits. i use hanna for alkalinity. api for calcium, salifert for magnesium. Thats just what i have found that works well. Than i would go to bulkreefsupply. Buy the preportioned starter kit, 50 or so. Test alkalinity daily, calcium mag weekly. dose as needed by results of test. you put your numbers into a calculator on the bulkreefsupply site. that is the whole process imo.

isajgh
05/16/2016, 09:13 AM
Awesome!! Thank you so much!

moatdaddy
05/18/2016, 10:04 AM
if anything brings questions let us know. once you understand where your numbers should be and how to adjust from consumption it becomes basic. Until your wife busts your alkalinty hanna checker, than you spend big bucks to get one shipped overnight.

Reeflife916
05/23/2016, 08:38 AM
Hi! My tank is aprox 6 months old and doing really well so far! I have a Kenya Tree, Frogspawn, Gsp, rasta zoa colony and red ring zoa all thriving and growing! I'm planning on adding several more frags this upcoming week but want to be sure I'm doing everything properly. I've been doing a lot of research as to what should be dosed and controlled for proper coral keeping. Up until now I have not had to add any supplements to my system thanks to bi-weekly water changes but with the addition of more frags I know I will need to start dosing. Long story to get to this: what brands of supplements do you recommend? Specifically for the big three: calc, alk, and mg? Any tips/ suggestions for a relative newbie are also very welcomed! I've attached a few pictures below :) Thanks!!!

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I personally use ESV B-Ionic for Cal, Alk, & Mag. But as said earlier, you never want to start dosing until you know where your levels are at, so be sure to get a good test kit in order to know where you stand before dosing.

Nick92515
05/28/2016, 07:37 PM
Once you get your levels set. Kalk may be an option

JohnnyHildo
05/29/2016, 06:34 AM
Once you get your levels set. Kalk may be an option
agreed.
it's old school, doesn't fare well with tanks that contain sps with their high requirements or large systems. however, in a small system where you can use the ato to deliver the kalk it's very easy and is sure a lot cheaper than dosing 2-part.
like everyone else said though, test your water before dosing anything!