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Old 04-26-2005, 10:28 PM   #1
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Skimming out trace elements

When I add calcium, iodine, and the like, does my skimmer take it out of the water before it can be used by the livestock in the tank? IF so what can be done about this besides turning the skimmer off??

-50gal tank
-20gal tall sump / refugium.
-About 15-20 lbs of live rock
-60 lbs (3") of sand.
-2x65w power compact lights
-2x18w power compact in the refug.
-bak pak 2R
-3 LARGE feather dusters all differebt colors
-orange spotted goby
-fire fish
-12 or so hermits
-50-60 nassairus snails
-about 12 turno snails
-emrald crab
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Old 04-26-2005, 10:34 PM   #2
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No, the skimmer doesn't remove trace elements. It's designed to remove DOC. I would be very cautious concerning the addition of things you don't test for. Regular partial water changes will replenish iodine, iodide, etc. in the majority of tanks. HTH

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Old 04-27-2005, 09:45 AM   #3
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Good advice Michael. NEVER dose something you can't test for, and don't dose it until you've tested it and know you need to add some.
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