Originally Posted by mrg02d
Yes that makes a lot of sense.
It looks as if I will pay some $30.00 or so just to test for calcium and another $10.00 to dose. :-( Sheesh! Why so expensive?
Did you actually think keeping corals was inexpensive?!!
In reality... that's the cheap part!
Regarding the "$10 to dose"... that's not really true. Not sure what you mean by that, but if you end up dosing calcium and alkalinity, it's not a one-time thing. If you dose, it's because your system is using it faster than you can replace it via a water change. For that reason, it's a daily thing... forever. Or until you get rid of the things that are sucking up the calcium.
Also... you're looking to test for both calcium AND alkalinity. Two test kits. But the alk
test kit isn't as expensive as the calcium one! Here's a good read about calcium and alkalinity...
I dont have a lot of coralline, and just two LPS. Could you guys give me some examples of what you have and how much you must dose (or not does)? I know it can vary, but it shouldnt be too far off. I use Instant Ocean sea salt...
Systems are different, so any numbers you see here are just that... numbers. They won't represent your system at all... even if they have the same amount of corals. It also depends on what Calcium level you want to maintain. So you really need to do your homework and figure out what your tank is doing. With that said though... here's my info:
I use Reef Crystals and bump up the calcium levels of my new salt water to 420 ppm
or so using TurboCalcium. I then keep my calcium levels around 410-420 and my alkalinity levels around 8-9 dKh
by dosing 25ml of each Part A and Part B of C-Balance (made by Two Little Fishies) daily. This is for a 46g tank with a lot of coralline, two SPS
, eight LPS
, and a handful of softies/zoas/mushrooms. But again... number of colonies don't really help you compare... it's the size of them and their rate of growth.