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Old 03-26-2005, 06:23 PM   #1
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REEF SUPPLEMENTS???

I have a 20gal. reef tank and i was wondering what everyone uses for supplements? I have been using a TON of Natureef supplements but they are exspensive and you have to add some stuff every day and other stuff every other day! And it is just a pain in the butt! So i am wanting to go to something easy. But i dont want to be limited to what i can put in it either. It has been up and running almost 7 months and it looks good. But the guy at the fish store where i go says if i want to put hard corals in my tank i need another 3 bottles of crap? And im just done droping so much money. I have 130watts of light in a 20 tall so any input would be great TIA
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I used the KENT Start-up Kit for reef aquariums

• Iodine
For proper growth and health of invertebrates and algae
• Strontium & Molybdenum
Corals will open more and stay attached to their skeletons better
• Liquid Calcium
Provides bio-available calcium for healthier, more beautiful corals

I paid maybe 12$ for it...
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That sounds about like what im doing now just cheaper!
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Old 03-26-2005, 08:20 PM   #4
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Do you need to suppliment? Doing regular water changes should keep levels up where they need to be. I do not recommend dosing anything you do not test for (i.e. iodine). In a 20 gal tank over-dosing could be disastorous.
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That is what im asking! If just water changes would work to be able to keep any type of coral i would just do that. I dont want to dose if i dont have to. But the Natureef stuff recomends that you dont do water changes? I have not done one in 7 months? What about KALK?
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If you do regular water changes(10 to 20% a week) with a good salt mix, you do not need to add additives. I change 5 gallons a week in my 20g and 20gallons a week in my 90g. I have all kinds of corals in both tanks and they are doing great.
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What type of salt is considered a good salt mix?
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We use Instant Ocean but there are a couple that are easily found in lfs.
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I use either Coralife or Crystal sea. Not sure if either have enough nutrients or not? But i would sure love to just do water changes on it once every other week or one a week! I use those cuz that is what my LFS carrys! But maybe i will look around for Instant Ocean?
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But the Natureef stuff recomends that you dont do water changes
Not a good practace, IMO. 10% every couple of weeks should be just fine.
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