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Old 03-24-2011, 11:39 AM   #171
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:09 PM   #172
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where are you located? there are plenty of shrooms and zoas in the gym tank. i can cut you some.
Im in Springfield, IL and Im open for any type of beginner coral. Prefer bright colors of course, but I guess beggers can't be choosers
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Feeling a little worried about water parameters. I have been told for the hardy corals I will be dealing with, calcium and carbon hardness are the most important things besides basic water parameters, but how far outside the opitmal range will be ok from day to day? Also I have a lot of evaporation, probably a gallon a day this raises my salinity a bit but how much will this really affect the coral if it goes a day or two without topoff? Also I should mention I have no protein skimmer, but I do weekly 5 gallon water changes. Basically I just need some helpful advice, maybe some tricks you have learned.
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:08 PM   #175
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Another parameter to check for is phosphate. Too high of levels can retard your calcium making it un-useable by your corals. Just a thought
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what are the average parameters? i have had luck with a lot of corals without steady calcium and alk levels. what are the corals you are interested in?

btw, for the softies and stuff from the gym tank, you would need to pay for shipping, and insulated box, plus a heat pack. all tolled, an average of 35 bucks or so for that stuff. local pickups might be cheaper. have you googled local reef clubs in the area?
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:36 PM   #177
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what are the average parameters? i have had luck with a lot of corals without steady calcium and alk levels. what are the corals you are interested in?

btw, for the softies and stuff from the gym tank, you would need to pay for shipping, and insulated box, plus a heat pack. all tolled, an average of 35 bucks or so for that stuff. local pickups might be cheaper. have you googled local reef clubs in the area?
well I want some mushrooms, zoas, hammers, frogspawn for now.

one of my friends has a reef tank, looks like he may be gibing me several things.
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:38 PM   #178
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I never check my parameters unless something looks off (algae outbreak, fish breathing heavily, or corals that have been closed up for a few days), your weekly water changes should keep everything in check. I just make sure the salinity and temp of the new water matches the water in the tank so the corals aren't shocked by any change. You can research the type of salt you use as well and compare it to others.
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quite honestly, for those corals, i wouldn't even test the water. i would do weekly 15% water changes and watch my feeding and rest easy.
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I use instant ocean... thats probably a terrible one right
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