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Old 12-05-2013, 06:15 PM   #31
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You will need a calcium test kit, an alkalinity test kit, and a magnesium test kit, along with the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate test kits you should already have.
I suggest buying Salifert or Elos test kits. They are more expensive, but more accurate as well.
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Ok, test kit ordered. What else should I know before getting coral? How do I feed and dose the aquarium with what they need?
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Ok, test kit ordered. What else should I know before getting coral? How do I feed and dose the aquarium with what they need?
Shouldn't need to feed or dose anything for most corals. Just place them where you like and see if they open up.
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Why do I hear about dosing iodine and such then?
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Why do I hear about dosing iodine and such then?
Dosing iodine is never needed. Just a ploy to get you to buy things you don't need need. You really only need to dose calcium, alkalinity and magnesium if you have a lot of sps colonies using it really fast.
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There's plenty of everything you need in any reef grade salt mix. I've never added iodine to any tank under my care and they all seemed to do just fine.
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I don't have reef salt mix right now. Is there something I can use to supplement while I use up the salt I have and I'll just buy reef salt after I use it all. Suggestions?
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Just use up the salt you have and then switch over to reef salt. The basic fish only salts are generally lower in calcium, but that's not the end of the world.
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Ok, excellent. Thanks for the help so far
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