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Old 01-29-2014, 10:08 PM   #1
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Coral care?

So I'm looking to buy some coral. I just want to know what to test for and to keep up with. I know calcium and alkalinity are a must. Any good brands out there to buy? Test kits also?

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Old 01-29-2014, 11:25 PM   #2
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How old is your tank?
What lights do you have?
How are the nitrates and phosphates?
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:28 PM   #3
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If you have a budget, get salifert kits. If you can spend more, get Hanna kits. API is crap. Very inaccurate.

You need to test Magnesium and Phosphates in addition to PH, Ca, Nitrate and Alk. You could also invest in a PH meter to continuously monitor. I went overboard and got a salinity monitor as well.
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It's about 7 months old. I have a par 38 over the top. I only have it set at 40% and it goes all the way to 90% but it's really strong. All the nitrates and phosphates are zero.

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Old 01-30-2014, 12:00 AM   #5
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Thanks prettyfishies that's what I'll do more research on for sure!! API is crap your right.

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Old 01-30-2014, 12:05 AM   #6
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Hey where do you find those test kits?

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Old 01-30-2014, 02:15 AM   #7
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If your equipment is right for corals I recommend Hanna Checkers for calcium and Alk. They are $50 each which is steep at first but in the long run you save by just buying more reactant fluid than buying more test kits. If you don't want to spend much i also like Red Sea.
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What type of coral do you plan on keeping? here's a site that will help https://sites.google.com/a/asira.org/www2/caresheets
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Thank you Grizz just found that website the other day. What should I use for supplements to get the cal and alkalinity up to the right readings?? Also is any other supplements I should buy before getting more coral?

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And I'm thinking mostly sps corals and I'll throw some lps in there. I want somewhat of a mixture.

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