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Old 08-07-2014, 12:41 PM   #1
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I have been having a 30 gallon tank now for six months now and I wanted to begin to see some serious coral growth. I was wondering if I can begin adding a 2 part mineral and buffer additive to boost and stabilize existing calcium, magnesium, strontium and other important elements. Is it alright to add the prescribed dose from the bottle or should I add it slowly to the tank?
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:01 PM   #2
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Unless you have a heavy stony coral load, you shouldn't have to dose anything.
It will just send your numbers out of whack and upset the tank.
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Do you test for alk, calcium and mag? Only dose what you test for. If you're testing for those and they're dropping steadily each day then you need to dose.


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I don't test for much anymore. I wanted to just add a little buffer to my tank because my calcium level was out of whack a bit.
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Is it constantly out of whack or it slowly drops over time?


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I hadn't checked it in a while because the tank was looking so good. It has been about three weeks since my last water change so I thought that my mineral levels would be down, so I considered adding a buffer to boost up the levels. I have never added anything to this tank but I did to my last one and it significantly stimulated coral growth.
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I'd start testing if you're gonna dose. Also weekly wcs will replenish everything and tends to be cheaper than dosing especially in small tanks.


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In a nano, I would suggest just water exchanges weekly. It is very easy to accidentally upset the water parameters in a nano. And the dosing can get pretty crazy as you are dealing with a small water volume.


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