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Old 07-20-2014, 08:09 PM   #1
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Water prep for corals

I've had my 54 gallon corner tank running for a little over a month. There are currently two clowns, roughly 15 snails and hermits, and a starry blenny. I've been trying to stay patient and am currently gaining the knowledge I need to grow and maintain healthy corals. I've dosed the tank once with reef code A and B. I plan to do again after a 2 week wait. In addition I bought a eshopp 100 protein skimmer I plan to start using a little b4 I introduce my first coral. I am seeking advice on what calcium and alkalinity levels I should be looking for with my tank perimeters and if I should be testing for anything else beside the more basic nitrogen cycle elements. Also, What would be a good soft coral to introduce first? (Im trying to stay away from mushrooms and Xenia). Any information on the best way to prep the water would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:20 PM   #2
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All you need for corals is a reef grade salt mix. You do not need to be dosing, any reef salt will keep your params in check until you have a large stony coral bio-load. As for soft corals, my favorites are ricordea and zoas/palys.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:23 PM   #3
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I thought this may be the case. I actually did my first water change yesterday and it went great. Would a 20% weekly water change be sufficient?
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Yeah, what salt are you using?
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Instant ocean reef crystals.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:28 PM   #6
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Then yeah 20% will do great for you.
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From my understanding its not the highest grade stuff but gets job done just fine, correct?
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Oh yeah, tons of people use it
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Also is the protein skimmer over kill at this point or should get it running?
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No skimmers are great, an asset to pretty much any system.
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