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Old 03-21-2006, 04:06 PM   #1
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Purple Up?

I saw this product at my LFS. Does anyone use it and how does it work? I know most people say don't add anything unless you really need to. My tank is still cycling. Would you have to test for calcium or other tests before adding purple up? Can it be added when fish are in tank? I'm just curious. It would be nice to have some good coraline algae on my LR. I am hesitant on adding any unnecessary chemicals. I know when you add chemicals that means you usually have to start testing for something. I just want to see if anyone else has used purple up.
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I've used it and it did speed my corraline growth, but then I also started testing for calcium (it was way low). I then stopped using purple up and starting dosing calcium, and when I got my calcium and alkalinity where it needed to be, the corraline took off like mad. I haven't used purple up since. HTH
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Old 03-21-2006, 05:30 PM   #3
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Yep -it works.

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Thanks for everyones help. Is this something I should use now or wait till my cycle has finished?
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Old 03-21-2006, 07:43 PM   #5
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Wait until cycle is done. I have never used it and never will. I have hard enough time keeping coralline off the glass as it is. Maintain CA and Alk levels and you will never need it. From what I have seen it is expensive.
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Purple Up is, from what I read, a combination of calcium,magnesium, iodide, and iodine, with some supposed trace elements. And probably about 80% inert ingredients like distilled water. Do PWC's regularly and follow the above advice... it'll save you the money.
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off topic question but how long usually before you start seeing corraline, with my last tank it started showing up after 3 months but this new tank i dont have any yet
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I have red coraline algae on my LR. I have had the tank going for about a month. I don't know if the lighting or water quality has anything to do with it. I am using ro/di water and have current usa orbit light. I am running the 10k for 10hrs and actinic for 12hrs and moonlight for the other 12hrs.
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You will only see coralline if it is seeded first. It does not "appear" on its own. Find a rock with coralline at a LFS or find someone to ship you some for a start. Once it is in the tank it will cover everything if proper water chemistry is maintained.
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My LR was very colorful when I first bought it from the LFS. It wasn't red at the time, but it has changed colors since buying.
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