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Old 10-19-2014, 12:53 PM   #1
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Is an all in one additive ok for starting off with yellow polyps, devil hand coral and the Floridian recordia??


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Old 10-19-2014, 01:11 PM   #2
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With just softies there is no need to dose anything. Unless you're testing and monitoring and seeing levels drop enough you have no need to dose. Water changes will keep all your trace elements replenished.


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So only for hard coral really ya need to dose? Do u think it might be early for them tank running about 12/13 weeks??


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There is almost no reason to dose anything unless you have a tank filled to the brim with SPS.
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Nice one, so other than nitrate and amonia what other tests are vital? Alkalinity and ph??


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Depends what you are doing. If it is a FOWLR tank, there is no need to ever test for things corals use.
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It's a Zumba tank 130ltr maybe 4 5 more fish and some other small softies? But weekly test would be what exactly? I do nitrate/nitrite and amonia


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For a reef tank it's good to test for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, pH, Phosphate, Calcium, Alkalinity, and Magnesium.

In softy only tanks alkalinity will be harder to manage. In hard coral tanks calcium will be hardest to manage but alkalinity will be used as well.

Magnesium doesn't change much. However, it's good to keep an eye on.

Sadly, the API test kits are next to useless for a reef tank when it comes to phosphate, calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium (I don't even think API has a mag test kit) I would suggest either Hannah checkers or the Red sea test kits.
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So the softies will use up alkalinity but not much? Prob won't go for any more coral til get hang of it. I test for ammonia and nitrates so mag,calc, and alk/ph are important to monitor?


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So the softies will use up alkalinity but not much? Prob won't go for any more coral til get hang of it. I test for ammonia and nitrates so mag,calc, and alk/ph are important to monitor?


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Following what these guys said, in a lightly stocked tank it's unlikely that your alk / calcium will fluctuate much. However, it's still a good idea to test for them.

If you notice things becoming imbalanced you can either try more water changes or dive into the realm of additives. The additives can be tricky though and can really cause problems if you make a mistake so it's best to stay away from them if possible.
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