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Old 12-16-2013, 02:00 AM   #11
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No. It's down to the levels of natural sea water.You don't want to put anything in the tank you aren't testing for.
I agree. Some test kits like Red Sea will have suggested guidelines for different invertebrates and dosing should be done as needed. Testing is key IMO.
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:58 AM   #12
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So what brand salt mix do you guys use
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Agree on the iodine, I bought the Hanna tester and found I didn't need to dose iodine.

The salt mixes are mined from ancient oceans salt licks and contain all the minerals you need. There is some interesting debates going about naturally occurring amino acids and the biological factors they play in coral growth. These compounds are very difficult to measure as a hobbiest and are not present in mined salt mixes, but there is evidence some if these formulas increase polyp extension and growth. I have seen some success with some of these additives, but not enough unless you are experimenting with maximizing growth.
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Thanks Greg, do you happen to have any links to where I could read up on the amino acid discussions
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Thanks Greg, do you happen to have any links to where I could read up on the amino acid discussions
http://www.coralscience.org/main/art...-6/amino-acids

And there are several more if you Google it.
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:02 PM   #16
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as for the water changes, you can put a hose on the end of a power head and pump the water from the bucket into your tank so you're not picking up the bucket. If you want to dispurse the flow at the tip add a sponge to the tip of the hose that would go in your tank. Guys that use trashcans to mix water for changes (300 gallon systems) never pick up the buckets.
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as for the water changes, you can put a hose on the end of a power head and pump the water from the bucket into your tank so you're not picking up the bucket. If you want to dispurse the flow at the tip add a sponge to the tip of the hose that would go in your tank. Guys that use trashcans to mix water for changes (300 gallon systems) never pick up the buckets.
That's the truth. I don't know but a few guys that could pick up a trash can of water and empty it in a tank without a tsunami.
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:26 PM   #18
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Lol, yes having a 36gal tank I can get away with using 5 gal buckets however I still plan on getting around to getting a small power head to ease the process because I don't care who you are lifting a 40 lbs bucket over 4 feet in the air ( in my case) and holding it there for up to 60 seconds is never gets any easier. Lol. Besides that like I mentioned earlier the process still ends every time in stirring up the tank and taking half a day to settle back out. I'm sure my fish are not a fan of water change days and I can imagine that corals would be even less so.
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Old 12-18-2013, 03:14 AM   #19
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Best salt mix out there is d&d h20 trust me ! Look it up and look at the parameters , ad they are perfect , without dosing you have everything in that salt , that's why it's the best !
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I also do not dose using instant ocean. Most any quality salt can be used, its a personal preference.
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