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Old 06-26-2005, 11:07 PM   #1
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Tank Additives and Supplements

Okay, as my tank matures, I'm finding I need things I hadn't thought about... like phosphate removing resin.

What should I be putting in my tank/filter on a regular basis? So far I have live rock, aragonite, a couple powerheads, a protein skimmer, canister filter with carbon, phosphate removing resin, fine filter floss, a filter sponge, bio balls and that's about it. I add liquid food for the mushrooms anemones once in awhile.

Should I be adding reef supplements or any other additive I haven't learned about in the course of getting things going?
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water changes shouldl take care of all the trace elements that are necessary. may wanna keep up on ca/alk though.
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Old 06-27-2005, 10:31 AM   #3
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Should I be adding reef supplements or any other additive I haven't learned about in the course of getting things going?
No. Try regualr PWC first. This should keep levels appropriate. Reef suppliments are pretty spendy so waer changes are a better way to go.
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You shouldn't add suppliments until you're testing for them and know for a fact that you need to increase levels. Stuff like iodine/dide is toxic when even slightly over-dosed.

PWC should keep iodine/strontium/magnesium levels good. Calcium and alkalinity buffers would be the only thing you might need to consider, but only if you have inverts/corals and/or coralline algae.
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I have been testing for PH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, Phosphate, Calcium, Alkalinity, specific gravity. Should I be concerned about oxygen?

I have two cleaner shrimps, snails and a hermit crab, a serpent star and turbo snails.
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