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Old 11-16-2011, 08:23 AM   #11
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now i have to disagree. do not add anything to the tank you aren't sure you need via test kits.
In sw tanks I'd probably say this is true. I know that the ferts I add to planted tanks won't hurt fish till they are in extreme doses so I would stay on the safe side and go with what he said. My main point of that was to tell you the reason why you shouldn't start doseing huge amounts right off the bat.
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Thanks for the input. My LFS has a 180g tank with a ton of corals and the owner told me he doses the tank with iodide and other elements as if the tank were a 3,000g tank. I was thinking, "holy cow, that is a ton of iodide and supplements!" Does that seem legit? There are a ton of corals in it....
Could be wrong here but sure sounds to me like the lfs wants to sell you a bunch of expensive dosing equipment and supplies.
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I agree about dosing only after you have tested and see the need for it. I have huge corals and never have dosed iodine. You can click on the link in my sig to see how big they are.
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:43 AM   #14
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Ive heard that iodine would help with xenia colonies and with shrimp molting,but i stopped the lugols dosing after melosu mentioned not to dose if not testing and from what ive read iodide testing is not that reliable..?
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Old 11-16-2011, 03:22 PM   #15
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Keeping up with PWC's will give your shrimp and xenia all the iodine they need. The best dosing I've found is dosing new saltwater in PWC's.
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Keeping up with PWC's will give your shrimp and xenia all the iodine they need. The best dosing I've found is dosing new saltwater in PWC's.

I totally agree.
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I wish pwcs would work for balancing ph and calcium to but unfortunately thats not the case i do have to buffer for them..
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Keeping up with PWC's will give your shrimp and xenia all the iodine they need. The best dosing I've found is dosing new saltwater in PWC's.
IME very sound advice.
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I wish pwcs would work for balancing ph and calcium to but unfortunately thats not the case i do have to buffer for them..
it depends on the frequency, the salt mix, and the bio load, but it sure can be the case with all elements.
i've never needed to purchase a ph buffer.
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