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Old 05-19-2011, 02:28 AM   #41
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The biggest reason not to get play/pool sand is that it isn't calcium based and if you plan on going reef it means you are going to have to dose a lot more the you otherwise would have to.
How much sand did you get
for your 320 build? Just out of curiosity...
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:28 AM   #42
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Doesn't salt mix have all the calcium I'd need? I'm not above dosing though if it's necessary.
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:11 AM   #43
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How much sand did you get
for your 320 build? Just out of curiosity...
I'm not sure... I used the sand to make my DIY rock too so it's even harder to guess... I would say over 500 lbs. I didn't even buy it all at once I just picked up all the store had every time they got it in stock, and I still have about 100-150lbs outside for when my MTS starts to get out of hand.

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Doesn't salt mix have all the calcium I'd need? I'm not above dosing though if it's necessary.
Yes salt mix has what you need but you will need to supply the calcium that your reef needs in between water changes, as well as extra alkalinity. If you plan on having a lot of coral I suggest you look closely at the costs of dosing vs. the cost of the sand. FOWLR I would say any sand would be okay but in a reef I would go with the arganite. But how much buffer is there is still in debate so who knows maybe it is mostly inert. Even with a DSB you will need to dose calcium and alkalinity in a reef. (when I say reef I'm thinking SPS LPS that use calcium)
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ahh OK. so I'll hjave to keep an eye on calcium and alkalinity if I go the PFS route. Good to know.

I am probably getting a sump so I can always add a doser I suppose if it comes down to it. I haven't had any issues thus far with my corals and I know my alk is off and I have high phosphates too.

Doesn't purple up count as calcium? I also have a gallon jug of calcium I got from a pet store close out, I was gonna try to sell it but if I may need it later....

Thanks for the answers! I appreciate the time you guys take out to answer silly questions.
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I avoid purple up like the plague, IME it made my rocks look ridiculously fake.
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Do you have a test for calcium magnesium and KH? Those are the "big 3" needed for a reef that you don't need for a FOWLR.
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Yep. I have so many tests its just silly. I also have silicate tests, copper and a few others i can't remember. I know not to dose anything without being able to test for it.

last time I checked all was good with mag & calcium. My kh/alkalinty is always off though. Have never figured it out...LOL
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i don't know if you can just dose calcium, i've always read that the best way is using a reactor to release the calcium into the columb when you get a drop below a set level rather then just dumping it in
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I have been doing ALOT of research today. I've even looked at reactors. I'm going to get a salifert calcium test kit too, I can never be sure with the API. I can always set up a dosing drip underneath if need be.

See, I'm getting better at this!
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