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Old 02-05-2008, 07:35 PM   #1
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How to test Iodine level

I bought an iodine test kit yesterday and got confused once I read the directions. It talked about testing for Iodide and Iodate and said that most supplements have one or the other or both while others have a different form which cannot be tested with the kit I bought. I also bought Kent Marine Iodine and I am not sure which it contains. This is really got me scratching my head. I want to be absolutely positive before I start dosing.

Can anyone shed some light on this for me please?
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First question...why are your considering dosing iodine?
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Dosing pure iodine in tanks can be risky as it is pretty potent. Most "iodine" suppliments are sold today are actually a form of potassium iodide, which is a bit less potent. However, I have seen no scientific data suggseting that the addition of Iodine is benefical to a reef tank. Most of the experience out there is anecdotal at best. Keep up with the regular water changes and your iodine levels should be just fine.
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I recently added a Yellow Fiji Leather Coral to my 75 gallon tank. Its my first coral and did alot of reading before I purchased it. In my readings, I learned that it requires iodine and strontium to remain healthy. I just want to do things right so it survives. It seems like it doing well. Now that you mention it, I do remember reading potassium iodide on the ingredients label.
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As Brian said PWC`s will provide all the iodine that your leather needs. I have 4 leathers in my tank and have never supplemented iodine. Weekly PWC`s will be enough.
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Dosing iodine for this coral can do more harm then good. I would skip it. Just keep up on the weekly or bi-weekly water changes and you will be just fine.
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Jobber...what brand test kit is it?
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I agree. Don't dose that stuff. Water changes. Water changes.
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