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Old 05-15-2005, 04:01 PM   #1
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live rock,no color?

Had some algae problems with the tank but was corrected. Now the live rock has hardly any color, chems are fine, lfs says to put in a block of Sea Lab #28 vitamin block to help. Wondering if this is true? I don't want to screw up the tank!!!
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Old 05-15-2005, 04:04 PM   #2
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Just make sure your calcium levels are good. It will take a while for the corralline to come back. Maybe get a piece of lr that is heavily covered in corralline to reseed the old rock.
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Old 05-16-2005, 07:13 PM   #3
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I use Tropic Marin Bio Calcium (under $15 at my LFS) as an additive for my corals and the rocks. I'm not sure what effect it has on my corals (the first ones I've ever kept) except to say that they are alive and look healthy. My rocks have become so purple that its almost scary. I've been adding it to my 20g reef tank rather conservatively for the past 5 months and since I've been adding it, my rocks keep getting more colorful. It's powder and I add about 1 tbsp every 3-4 days at the most although for the first 2 weeks I got it I added it every day. The LFS I bought it from uses it in their main coral tank which looks more like a display tank and their LR (not for sale) is the most colorful I've seen; and some of my rocks are now comparable.

WOW, now that I read what I wrote I sound like a salesman for Tropic Marin or some LFS, but that's my personal testimony. I had a piece of LR that had some algae and life on it but was my least colorful rock, and so I put a few of my corals on it, which put a big white spot on it. After taking the coral off and adding the additive, the coralline has grown amazingly well. I can't be certain that this is the cause but I see nothing else to blame. I'm assuming my tank has high calcium levels which I haven't tested recently because of the purple calcium deposits on the glass and the bright colorful rocks.

Well anyways, this is just my personal experience, I hope it helps.
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does anyone know if the Tropic Marin Bio Calcium is just Calcium Chloride in powder form?
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Old 05-17-2005, 07:06 PM   #5
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Hmm....doesn't say anything about that on the container. Is anything wrong with Calcium Chloride? Please excuse my ignorance....

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Old 05-18-2005, 10:36 AM   #6
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nothing wrong with calcium chloride. I know Kents liquid calcium is Cal. chloride.
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is this recommended for a new tank? Im not planning on adding it until after my cycling but that should be within a week...
the LR i got orginally had alot of orange coraline and i see some looking like its coming back plus some purple
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