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Old 02-12-2003, 08:49 PM   #1
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Additives

what kind of additives does everyone add to there tank.

as far as
disese prevention (i.e stress coat,ect..)

as far as upgrading to a reef system(FOWLR NOW) what do i need to add?

anyone had any experience with the GARF bullet proof reef system? (www.garf.com)

I just go to the LFS and look at the chemical shelf and it all seems so confusing. i just need a little help getting pointed in the right direction.
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Forget the chemical shelf. It's there to bump up the bottom line ($$). You need calcium and something to maintain alkalinity. 2 part Ca additives like B-Ionic work well. Others dose kalkwasser to replace evaporated water to maintain Ca/alk. Some folks dose Iodide to a level of .006 ppm but the jury is out on that one. Some dose magnesium and strontium, but I never have. The only absolute is Ca/alk and regular water changes to replenish trace elements.

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I use B-Ionic and I does sparingly on iodide. Iodide is good for my soft corals and helps aid my shrimp when molting. Iodide is touchy though,thats why I dose sparingly. Never go over the recommended dose on B-ionic either, I did this once and my PH went up to 8.6, causing one of my leathers to desinagrate.
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I dose kalk nightly, and do weekly water changes.
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A little iodine for my shrimp with water changes.
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I dose kalk and add trace elements and strontium once a week.
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Old 02-13-2003, 12:59 PM   #7
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i was going to start dripping kalk this weekend and had a few questions.

In a 55 gallon system what should be the drip rate?
should i drip it 24/7?
i really don't get that much evaporation maybe a 1/2 -1 gallon per week is that going to be a problem with dripping?

also insted of kalk i was thinking about using kent CB part A and B.
is this almost the same thing as kalk?

what would be betterto use?
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I dose 295 ml/hr..... seems to keep up with my evaporation pretty well but I am in an arid climate. You will want to start lower and watch for overflow problems. The way I understand it is that all of your replenishing water can be kalk if dosed slowly and your evaporation rates are low.... I use a lower ph mix of kalk because my evaporation rate is so high..... My rate is so high that I add 1/2 gallon of fresh water every 2 days as well as dosing at 295ml/hr of kalk.
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