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Old 02-08-2005, 11:08 PM   #1
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ok to add shrooms??

My current tank is a 26gal bow with 30lbs liverock & coralife 65w 50/50 bulb for lighting. Was thinking about possibly adding some mushrooms to give corals a try. 1) is my lighting sufficient to support mushrooms? 2) if so, what additives/ diet supplement, if any, would I have to include? Current tank inhabitants include 1 clown, 1 yellowtail damsel, 1 yellow watchman gobie and 1 six-line wrasse. Tank has been running for 7 mos w/ cpr bak pak skimmer.
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Old 02-08-2005, 11:17 PM   #2
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Your lighting should be sufficient. I'd add some Iodine and Trace elements.
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Shrooms should be fine w/ your lighting. You don't have to, and I wouldn't personally, add anything for them. A good partial WC schedule will take care of everything they need. Adding things you don't regularly test for will end up doing more harm than good. HTH
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Old 02-08-2005, 11:31 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help. I've been contemplating adding shrooms for a while and the inconsistency with advice from my lfs has made me skeptical. The advice i've gotten has ranged form just acclimating and watch them go to a laundry list of chemicals and additives. I don't want to mess with harmony as it currently exists just to screw things up for the sake of trying something new.
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Old 02-09-2005, 01:19 AM   #5
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That, IMO, is a salesman at work. FWIW, using a balanced 2-part ca/alk additive like B-ionic is a good idea with high ca/alk demanding corals like sps, lps, and clams. But, having said that, keeping ca/alk balanced and near the levels of NSW is always desired. Even w/ just softies.
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Old 02-09-2005, 10:50 AM   #6
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I'd add some Iodine and Trace elements
I would NOT dose iodine. It is very easy to overdose a tank and it could spell disastor, especially in a tank of that size. In smaller tanks, the best way to replensih the depleted trace elements is through refular water changes. 10% every two weeks will keep your trace elements where they need to be. Skip the additives, add the muchsrooms, have fun...Lando
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It's worked for me in my 29, my shrooms we're doing great until I traded them to a friend. But whatever works for you...
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Shrooms are very tuff and you don't need to dose anything to keep them. I kept some shrooms in a covered Home Depot bucket for at least 3 months and they survived.
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Wow. I figured they were tough but not that tough. That's good to know for future reference. I learn something new every day I'm on this forum. 8)
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Yes they are tuff but they shrunk in size big time. Any longer and they would have disappeared.
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