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Old 01-18-2014, 02:29 PM   #1
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experience with kalkwasser

im looking into creating a lower maintenance tank housing only soft and polyp corals with a few lps. does anyone have experience with kalkwasser? would it be considered easier than 2 part dosing and can it meet the demands of a non sps reef?
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im looking into creating a lower maintenance tank housing only soft and polyp corals with a few lps. does anyone have experience with kalkwasser? would it be considered easier than 2 part dosing and can it meet the demands of a non sps reef?

Imo there is absolutely no need to dose for just soft coral and LPS coral. Regular water changes with reef salt should do the trick.
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well suppose i only do monthly water changes...?
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well suppose i only do monthly water changes...?

That's not very healthy for the tank in ways other than elements for the coral. Not really sure what LPS you have but most aren't that hungry for calcium. Again I recommend not only doing monthly water changes. Maybe bi-monthly. But if you were to test to see if you needed to dose, then dose to the needed amount and then test before a water change. If it is still in the accepted range you're fine. I've never dosed in my nano and I have hammer, acan, meteor shower, and Duncan coral. Just bi-weekly water changes.
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wouldnt only doing water changes very slowly decline in desirable elements? if you think about it your not actually replacing the elements consumed by corals your only replacing portions of water with new water at ideal paramaters.
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wouldnt only doing water changes very slowly decline in desirable elements? if you think about it your not actually replacing the elements consumed by corals your only replacing portions of water with new water at ideal paramaters.

The salt is formulated to contain these elements. Mixes like Instant Ocean reef Crystals have been studied by the makers to simulate the levels in a reef. Each time you do a water change it replenishes these levels.
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I would do weekly water changes for the nutrient export aspect as much as replacing trace elements. Kalkwasser doesn't replace everything that's used.
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maybe ill look into an auto water change system. i find it hard to believe addition supplementation wouldnt be necessary at least once in a while but this may be much easier (and more beneficial) than constantly testing parameters to fine tune dosing schedules
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i still find it hard to believe it wouldnt require occasional supplementation ill test it out. maybe an auto water change system is something to look into for a low maintenance system. less frequent testing to fine tune dosing schedules
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oops thought the first one didnt go through..
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