View Full Version : Soft Coral Tank Parameters?

09/18/2016, 05:54 PM
Hey all,

I'm wondering what you guys use for parameters for your soft coral-only tanks.

I currently only have soft coral and I have coralline algae growing like crazy. I'm considering no longer dosing calcium and only staying on top of the magnesium and alkalinity to hold the pH at a good level.

Any thoughts?

09/18/2016, 07:31 PM
Have you tested your Alk/Ca/Mg levels? How much is your tank consuming a day?

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09/18/2016, 08:11 PM
I have, off the top of my head I'm not sure.

I'm convinced the coralline algae is consuming most of it. The only other things I have that would are snails - and they probably would use just what the substrate gives off.

09/23/2016, 06:28 PM
I just use the guideline in the link below and pretty much everything seems to do ok.


10/02/2016, 10:48 PM
I'll have to reword my question:

For soft coral tanks is it acceptable to be a bit careless towards the calcium/magnesium/alkalinity levels? I've heard of SPS tanks that relied solely on the liverock and substrate for dosing. The main problem I see with this is pH levels being unstable due to abnormal alkalinity levels.

10/03/2016, 01:26 PM
I stand under you... This can happen, but if your in it for the long haul it's really doesn't make any since not to make it right. Once it's right it's just a routine, like pooping every day. ;)