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Old 07-27-2004, 07:45 PM   #21
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Found some. Is this something I can add all the time? If so how do I monitor the levels?
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Old 07-27-2004, 07:55 PM   #22
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Pure epsom salts is simpley magnesium sulfate and can be used to suppliment the Mg in the main tank if your saltmix is defficient or your tank simpley uses up faster. The supps you get at the LFS are Magnesium Chloride diluted in RO water. The small amount of sulfate salts added instead of chloride will be of no concern.

Test with an Mg test kit (I use Salifert) and dose as mentioned before. 1 tablespoon per 50 gal actual water volume. Be sure if in the main tank it is not added close to a buffering product or it will bind with the carbonate and precipitate. Don't exceed the 50 gal ratio in one day but it is safe to dose daily until Mg levels are reached. Add predissolved several hours after the buffer but before Ca additions. If using a two part liq supp, you most likley won't need much if at all.

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I haven't been adding buffering stuff at all. Is this something I am also supposed to be donig?
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Old 07-28-2004, 11:42 AM   #24
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My last post (about buffering) was not in relation to the QT tank and the clown, sorry if I switched topics on you.

As long as the pH in the QT is okay I wouldn't worry about buffers much, especially if doing regular water changes. The only exception would be with using hyposalinity, then I would definately test both alk and pH at least daily.

As far as the main display tank, keeping tabs (testing) on alk/Ca can usually be quite beneficial even if it's not a reef/FOWLR set up. Wether buffers and such will be needed depends on the animals that use it.

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He is looking better today. Atacking everything in his path thet even looks like it's eatable.

Steve, I'm not sure on using the buffering stuff. How do you test Alk? I have a ph test.
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Great news Gerald!!!! I am happy to hear that the little guy is doing better!
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I'm not sure on using the buffering stuff. How do you test Alk? I have a ph test.
Good to hear on the clown. Did you add some epsom yet?
As far as the alk, you should be able to get a test kit at the LFS or online. As I said though, don't worry about the QT but it should be monitored on the display tank.

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Thanks Rev.,

Yes Steve, I added the epsom salt to the QT anyway. I'll have to get an alk test before I start using it in the display. Thanks for all you help.
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I just wanted to caution about Epsom Salts. This is OK for a one time small bump in Magnesium but it's not appropriate for regular dosing or large increases. Anytime you need to increase more than 50ppm you need to use Magnesium chloride.
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I just wanted to caution about Epsom Salts. This is OK for a one time small bump in Magnesium but it's not appropriate for regular dosing or large increases. Anytime you need to increase more than 50ppm you need to use Magnesium chloride.
Why? I have been using epsom for Mg addition for years as a weekly maintenance. The amount of sulfate added to the system in comparison to the total chloride content is negligable. If the chem is that wacked, I would suggest water changes as apposed to a supp anyway. Epsom salts will not harm the tank if used propely like any other supplimental addition.

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