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Old 01-24-2012, 11:11 AM   #11
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I have also been keeping my lights on for 12 hours a day , should I go a lil bit less maybe 10 or even 8 ? I read algae tends to flourish in the light.
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Try to stay away from supplements. Never been a fan other than raising or lowering Ph. You can mix and match LR depending on how you want it too look.

How high did your ammonia and nitrite go? Not nitrate.

8-10 hrs a day for light is all thats needed.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:04 PM   #13
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All supplements even, calcium ? And magnesium?
my last test levels read as followed

Salinity 1.024
Ph- 8.1-8.2
Kh- 214.8 ppm
Calcium-400
Magnesium-1080 /too low?
Nitrites 0 (it peaked at around .8-1.0) I believe was its highest point
Never tested for ammonia
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Or iodine , but 2 of my crabs have malted so I think the water must contain sum
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There is no need to dose a tank with supplements unless you have an immense amount of coral and your water changes are not replenishing the elements as fast as the corals use them.

Thats why water changes are soo important, the salt mix has ALL the trace elements that you need in your tank.
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Carey is absolutely right. Water changes. Water changes.

With your nitrites only peaking at 1.0 ppm, I'd really bone up on the article I mentioned and consider cycling the tank - either again or for the first time, not sure. Might lose some of that stuff on the rocks now, but you'd be better off in the long run as opposed to adding fish and not having cycled it properly. I'd be safe than sorry on that one.
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I read that alkalinity (kh) has an direct effect on ph so if not kept at a proper level your more susceptible to ph swings, is this not true? And don't snails and sum inverts use calcium ? I'm not too sure maybe I'm doing to much but all my levels (even ones I may not need) seem proper, that can't be too bad, I hope
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Snails, crabs, shrimp and most soft corals only need water changes. No iodine or calcium dosing is needed.
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I see , so your saying when I go to add sum fish my levels may spike again? I think they may have already it was just that ammonia,nitrate,nitrite remover stuff I added from keeping them from skyrocketing. It would really be a shame to start the process over again , but I guess that's why u learn from mistakes, thanx again everyone
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