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Old 10-03-2010, 03:17 PM   #11
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:13 PM   #12
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... Im finding all of this information to be well unless you have a 150g+ u dont need to dose chemicals at all and a PWC bi - weekly provides all the correct balance?
It all depends on the salt you use, your calcium demand, and how much or little of a swing in calcium you're willing to deal with between water changes. It really doesn't have to do with tank size, or even if the tank has LPS or SPS. It all depends on what your testing tells you.
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I would stick with PWCs on a frequent and regular basis to replenish any trace elements that may be used up by you system. Until you have a heavily coral stocked tank you aren't going to need dosing of any kind.
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We can't really recommend what to do without Ca, Alk, and Mg tests, that is why you are getting completely different recommendations. Every tank runs differently and needs different things. What works for people and their tank is what they will recommend, and as you can see that varies immensely.
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Bottom line...get rid of the Urchin, he will do it again. From what I see in the pic of your tank you do not need to be dosing anything. When and if you get to the point of having a lot of corals in your system then you are going to want to test CA, Alk and Mg levels but basic PWCs will replenish those levels without issue as your tank is now.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:07 PM   #17
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I'm gonna go out on a limb here for purple up.

I do water changes of about 10-15% bi weekly on my 55 and was having a hard time crowing coraline, had a friend tell me about purple up (give me some) and within a week my coraline started to take off!!

Every tank is very different!!!!
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I'm gonna go out on a limb here for purple up.

I do water changes of about 10-15% bi weekly on my 55 and was having a hard time crowing coraline, had a friend tell me about purple up (give me some) and within a week my coraline started to take off!!

Every tank is very different!!!!
It's your money and you are free to waste it as you please.
Purple Up is nothing more than a very weak mixture of ground up aragonite sand(calcium carbonate), calcium chloride, maybe a miniscule amount of iodine and water. It adds absolutely nothing more that a water change alone adds.
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Actually... I think the iodine component is more than "miniscule". If it were, I don't think you'd hear about folks ending up with an overdose of iodine from using the stuff constantly.
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Coraline will grow like mad and then die back and come back full force. It all depends on the calcium use of other things in the tank. When I had very few corals in my system everything and I mean everything was purple. When I added corals and clams and things that sucked up calcium the coraline faded back. Dosing a 2 part like B-ionic would give far better results than using purple up.

Yes every tank is different but there are some basic things that remain the same.
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