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Old 06-28-2012, 02:52 PM   #11
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Yeah, looks good! Different lighting and flow, from what it was used to in the store, will make it open up more or less in your tank.
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:53 PM   #12
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Why are the optimum levels for a reef? I've sen so many different articles with different levels?
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:55 PM   #13
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I keep my tank at 9 Alk, 420ppm Ca.
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:55 PM   #14
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It all kinda depends on what your keeping really. A sps dominant tank will need different requirements then a softy tank but a good range imo is 480 ppm calcium 11dkh alkalinity (some may consider high) and close to 1400 ppm magnesium
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:04 PM   #15
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I might hold off on the dosing the tank then. I purchased Salifert All in One after reading good reviews. I will purchase a reef test kit today and test the other elements before doing anything else.

From here my plan is just to get some muchrooms, a xenia, and maybe a polyp. I have placed the torch away from where I plan on putting the other corals when I get them.

I have heard these corals are good for beginners, anyother suggestions?

I have a JBJ 38 gallon Intermediate hood and added a trulumen 12 inch Actinic strip to it.

BTW, I appreciate all the advice you guys are giving.

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Old 06-28-2012, 03:07 PM   #16
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It all kinda depends on what your keeping really. A sps dominant tank will need different requirements then a softy tank but a good range imo is 480 ppm calcium 11dkh alkalinity (some may consider high) and close to 1400 ppm magnesium
What benefit do you feel you are getting from running your Alk and Ca at higher levels than natural sea-water? Just curious.
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:07 PM   #17
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For a softy tank like your planning the levels could be lower since the do not build skeletons and yes these would all be consider "beginner" level corals. All in all id say your on the right track and keep up the good work. Any more questions feel free to ask that's what were here for
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:09 PM   #18
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I run them high because I don't run reactors so it would either be dose twice a week to keep at good levels or raise slightly higher to go weekly dosing..I'm pretty heavily stocked on corals and will go from 480-500 ppm to 350ish range in a week. Pretty much just saying I really really need a reactor haha

Edit* and slightly higher alk will increase the calcium intake. I know of some hard core reefers running close to 14dkh while testing heavily but get AMAZING growth
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Any suggestions on test kits for those elements?
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:21 PM   #20
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I use the red sea test kit and pretty happy with results but I haven't tried them all.. if you could get Carey or Doug to chime in they have much much more experience and could provide a better reasoning as to why
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