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Old 10-17-2006, 04:58 PM   #1
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Who doses their tank...Kalk, CA, MAG...

I have been reading up on reef chemistry. My tank is rounding the three month mark and I have not dosed a thing. I have been doing 1-2 small PWC's a week.

I am worried about ALK/CA dropping as it seems to be one of the biggest issues for a reef.

When will I have to start this if at all?
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I don't dose a thing. Monitor calcium levels in your tank. *most* salt mixes buffer to around the 400 ppm mark, which is about average/good for a reef tank. Your tank doesn't really have sps corals, so calcium will not be depleted very quickly, and with 2 pwc's a week, your calcium is getting replenished then.

I wouldn't worry about it, but that's just my opinion. Do you have a calcium test kit?
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I agree that dosing is not needed. I never dose but do frequent PWC`s instead. My calcium stays at 450 using oceanic salt. If you read the back of your salt bucket you`ll see the added elements that are added to your tank during a PWC. There are 86 different types of salt that are in NSW and almost all of them are ingredients in synthetic sea water. Again any thing natural in SW I replenish by weekly PWC`s . The only thing I add to my water is plankton and coralvite.
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That is funny Devil because I tested last night and it was 400.

Thanks Mel. I have cruised around some other forums and it seems liek some people are dose crazy. I prefer do keep things as natural as possible if I can. Some people tell me that 2 a week is to much. I am doing about 2 1/2 gal twice a week in a 30 gal. That is ok?

I will probably slow down a little but where my tank is still establsihing, and I just beat hair algae I do not want to take any chances.
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Let people say what they want. You and alot of us know what we are doing and the results of our work. All I can do is give the IME.
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I do not dose a thing either. I simply reply on regular water changes to keep all levels in check. Depending on source water and tank consumption some dosing may be needed. For instance, if you are using tap water with a low Ph you may need a buffer or tanks with a heavy stoney coral load may benefit from the addition of extra CA. These cases are rare and, in general, water changes are all you need.
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I don't dose but do have a calcium reactor to keep the calcium up for my SPS.
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I've been having problem with chaeto growing - somebody suggested Iron.

My chaeto stopped growing when I started using RO/DI water, so it makes sense that I'm removing too many beneficial minerals.

I'm not sure if this is related, but within 2 weeks of dosing iron (weekly, as per instructions on Kent product), I've had a coralline algae explosion. Could be a coincidence. I used to just have tiny spatterings of it - a haze almost - not ever turning into the circular growths you see in established tanks. Now suddenly both my tank and fuge are growing coralline, pink and green circles, in several places.

Still haven't noticed any change in my chaeto though.

I also dose purple-up and aragamilk, alternating each day, keeping Ca around 450ppm, and iodine weekly (kent marine again). All of my softies are doing great, shrooms have all tripled in size, gsp's encrusting more and more every day, etc.
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