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Old 06-28-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
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First Coral - How does he look?

I just picked up my first coral for my tank. Tank is fully cycled and water paeans are on point.

Put him in last night and picture is from this morning.

My only concern is he doesn't look as full as he did in the store. I will dose some calcium and trace later this week. Anything else I need to watch out for?

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Old 06-28-2012, 02:44 PM   #2
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Nice torch. Congrats!!
If you are doing enough water changes, you shouldn't need to dose anything, unless your tank is completely full of coral. Also, you should never dose anything, that you aren't testing for.
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If this is your first and only coral then there is no need to dose anything your salt mix should provide plenty. Are you testing things such as calcium, alkalinity, magnesium, or phosphate levels
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I tested last night


Ph: 8.1
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate : 0pm

My calcium I think was 9dkh buy I don't like the tester that I have so I ordered a new one.

I haven't done another tests, should I be?
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Calcium alkalinity and magnesium all effect one another so with out knowing all the levels you can't properly dose and can actually overdose resulting in a loss in corals
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9 dKh is an Alkalinity reading, 9 is good.
Just keep up with your water changes, and you will be fine.
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So he looks healthy?
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And do you mean 9 dkh for alkalinity? Calcium is commonly read in ppm (parts per million)
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Yes sorry alkalinity.
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I would say yes looks great right now but be careful not to upset the balance of your tank from improper dosing..it'll all become second nature to you over time trust me.. it was a little overwhelming for me when I took the plunge lol
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