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Old 07-02-2005, 08:09 PM   #1
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Where to keep Element Levels

OK I am ready to start adding Calcium and Alk and Iodine.

I have Seachems for the Iodine and C-Balance for the other two.

I have test kits ready its just I dont know where the levels need to be before I start.


What should my goal levels be?

I was thinking Alk is 3-4
Calcium is around 400

Iodine I have no clue.
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Old 07-02-2005, 11:14 PM   #2
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Old 07-03-2005, 04:14 PM   #3
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OK I know some of you know where to keep my iodine at...
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Im just one of those that dont check my iodine. I do weekly water changeswhich replenishes iodine in my tank. But I dont know what level to keep it at. Sorry
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Thats what I thought but someone told me I needed to dose for iodine. But I have no CLUE if I need to or not without knowing where to keep it at.
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I know this is bad advice but I dont check for the few suuplements I do add but I always put less in than whats called for. That way hopefully I wont have to worry about an overdose. But like I say that`s bad advice because I really dont know. I would not reccomend that to any one.
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Old 07-03-2005, 04:41 PM   #7
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Water changes will keep iodine et al.. where it needs to be. You do not need to dose it. As far as your alk and Ca, keep them <<balanced>> and within NSW values and you'll do just fine.

FWIW, Seachems test kit does not detect total iodine, only iodine/iodide. It does not detect iodate which can lead to potentially high numbers if the sytem does not have animals (algaes primarily) that can easily use it up.

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I am using a Red Sea test kit or something along with a Seachem (Seachem is just the basics)
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Red Sea's Ca test kit is "okay" but they do not make an iodine kit AFAIK. Seachem is good for alk and Ca as is Salifert. I would recommend those two as the more accurate vs cost available in the market. If you do go forward with the iodine additions (which I don't recommend), get the Salifert test kit, it reports total iodine which is the only accurate means of testing.

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I asked about iodine recently and got a pretty firm "Don't Dose it"

Your water changes will replenish it. Your right on for Alk. And i've been told you want Calcium 400-450 although i've seen people that keep it as high as 500
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