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Old 01-02-2006, 09:33 PM   #11
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Well, at some point you have to have a bit of faith I guess and Carib Sea is a trusted company. I'd never dose iodine, mag, calcium and additives that can be tested for, without testing first. Again, I dont' use it but have heard plenty good about it so I suppose I'd take personal experience as a good resource on it as with most things.
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Old 01-02-2006, 09:34 PM   #12
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Im just pointing out that you dont really need this stuff, it may be safe it may not. How do you know what exactly is in it thats what I would be afraid of.
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Copied this from their info. Looks like it is just CA and essential elements you would replace with regular WC's

Purple-Up™ is a new pink and purple coralline algae accelerator. Since Purple-Up™ is not a fertilizer, it does not promote the growth of nuisance algae. How does it work? Purple-Up™ uses a unique dual method approach to coralline algae acceleration. It contains ionic calcium which immediately raises dissolved calcium levels in your aquarium water. At the same time Super Sea Calcium™ (a 10 micron aragonite powder derived from natural seawater) targets the live rock surface. Super Sea Calcium™ dissolves in situ; delivering calcium, strontium, magnesium, and carbonate right where it’s needed.
Purple-Up™ also replenishes iodine; an essential element for coralline algae tissues that quickly becomes depleted in closed systems.
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Old 01-02-2006, 09:39 PM   #14
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How do you know what's in your phytoplankton every time you feed the tank? Or your buffers you use? All you can do is use a trusted product from a reputable company. And not everyone can grow coralline, for whatever reason. It's also nice for those on a tight budget who can't afford to start out with lots of live rock. But, normally, yes. With patience and a nicely seeded tank and regular water changes, you will get coralline coverage over time.
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If you were to start with base rock and want a source to introduce that pretty purple color that in time you'll be swearing at while you struggle to keep it off of your glass, then purple up is a great product.

The "Don't add anything you can't test for" addage, which I whole heartedly support, doesn't so much apply to purple up as it is more of a coraline algae culture to be added to your tank that would otherwise need purple live rock to introduce. If you wanted to introduce the purple color quickly then there's nothing wrong with it. It is true though, given an initial source of coraline algae, you will find it grows well enough on its own in time.

I believe that there isn't enough Ca/etc in it to OD your system if used within the directions on the bottle.
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Ok if you use this product you should test for Calcium levels correct?
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Ok if you use this product you should test for Calcium levels correct?
Yes. But you should check Ca levels regularly anyways
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Yes I do, just wondering.
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Old 01-02-2006, 10:41 PM   #19
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IMO, Brenden is on the right track as well as other posters..Proper maint of a tank will yield algae growth. I have 3 tanks, 10, 29 and a 75. The 75 I have to scrape about once a month for the coralline. The other 2 don't really grow coralline on the tank walls (Which is fine w/me..) If your rock is seeded with coralline already, you'll have it, it just takes a while to grow. Trying to speed up the process is simple human impatience and as *many* here, including myself, can attest, most the time that leads to bad things. 8O 3 months is a very young tank. Consider what it would look like in a year. Other than that I have found, as others, that sometimes the negative affects of additives aren't discovered until things are almost out of control. If indeed this additive is mostly CA then your bound to run into long term ph/alk issues. Also, is the mg level of tank where it belongs to support dosing additional ca? Just some things that come to mind. If its working for you, great, just be wary of snake oil products. For every 1 product that works as it is marketed to us, there are 20 others out there that don't or have some down side that is left out of the nifty marketing material.

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