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Old 04-26-2012, 07:58 PM   #11
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Ph-8.2, daylights just cycled off.
Alk still about 2.2.
What would be the best, economical way to setup doser pumps for Ca and Alk supplementation?
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You could get a pair of containers (1 gallon or 5 gallon, depending on how often you want to refill them)and a pair of dosing pumps. Put the pumps on timers....say, dose calcium at X amount for 15 minutes at 9:00am, then X amount of alk at 2:00pm, then calcium again at 7:00pm.....etc.
That would work and your biggest expense would be the dosing pumps. BRS has all of the stuff you need.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:13 PM   #13
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Would a typical 2 part system be appropriate for this? Like the standard part a, part b supplement for Ca and Alk, whatever brand.
Didn't I read in a previous thread that you use
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Sorry,
That you use a DIY supplement? Baking soda and something?
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I use Bulk Reef's stuff, when I need to add supplemental calcium/alk/mag.
Two Part Calcium and Alkalinity Total Package (Small ) - English
I don't have a large coral load at the moment and have 400 gallons of water volume, so I simply rely on weekly water changes to replenish levels.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:34 PM   #16
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Right, thanks for the help. I'm hoping my next one will be a big custom build like that.
So do you think the Hydnophoras problem comes from the inconsistent Ca and Alk? And what can I do to try to help it out? On one side it's receding and right next to it polyps are fully extended. I've also noticed that coralline overtakes the skeleton quickly

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I don't know. It would be alk swings that would concern me. I've seen them ruin tanks. Is it the reason this coral is receding? I don't know for sure. Any sps showing signs of a less than ideal environment?
I would also try to feed it, as mentioned above. It can never hurt LPS.
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I feed regularly and Montis show good growth, Valida has good color with slow growth, Large LPS look great. Cyphastrea right next to it is spreading well, so It's really just this one. I don't get it. I don't think it could have been stung either. Only thing that could is Candy Cane, but it's about 8-10" away and I've never seen feeders out of it bigger than 2".
I will be looking into a dosing setup, thanks for the input!
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