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  1. General Reef Discussion
    I weekly dose calcium buffer, trace elements, magnesium, strontium, etc. I would like to set up a dosing pump. How do I set up a dosing pump, and how does it work? Also, I want to add an auto top-off system to my tank. Does anyone have some good cheap recommendations and tips for adding an auto...
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  5. General Reef Discussion
    What other trace elements are important past Calc, Alk and Mag?
  6. General Reef Discussion
    So I have been running my GEO 618 for almost a year now. I am using GenX CRM w/ mag and all levels are stable. I don't change water often, as I don't want to disturb the stability, however I do change 20% once a month for trace and to pull what little nitrate and phos has accumulated outside...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    I just got into adding these extra elements can anyone help explain there use. I tested my tank for calcium before adding it and it was at 380 I added the Kent liquid calcium to bring it upto 450 I guess my tanks calcium use is not much since I've never added any. It does have feather dusters...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    I've heard some mixed conclusions on this topic... If you have a reef tank, do you need to add trace element supplement? Some people say no just do regular water changes and others say add supplements. I'd like to know your opinion on this topic. Thanks
  9. General Reef Discussion
    We have a 55 gallon tank, mostly SPS and leathers, a few acros as far as corals go. Right now we feed our corals Coral Frenzy and DT's Phytoplankton(we switch it up every other day). Our acros recently started going downhill though. Our LFS reccomended Aquavitro Fuel for Reefs. Likes? Dislikes...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    my tank livestock are; about 40 lbs live rock, 2-3 inch live sand, assorted snails and hermit crabs(approximately 20 in total), one emerald crab, one gold stripe maroon clown, one saddle back clown, one yellow watchman goby. my equipment consists of; one aquac remora H.O.B. skimmer powered by...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    I am running three fowler/breeding tanks all have zero nitrates probably due to sand beds in each. Two have strong skimmers and one has a hob (!) filter mainly for circulation. Question is what is the minimum water changes I can do and why. Id appreciate those with actual experience or at...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    I know this is kind of vague, but is a two gallon weekly water change enough to keep tank happy? I have a 37 w/ 4 fish and 6 corals. So far everything seems good. I do a quick dip test for basic testing, and I have a calcium test kit but I don't like using it. I used to dose calcium and reef...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Hey gang. The more I read on this forum the more I wonder if I'm doing everything correct. In my Sea Max 250, I have a big pouch of the carbon. In reading some posts, is it safe to say that the carbon is taking out my trace elements as fast as I put them in? I add a few per my LFS's advise...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    I am currently in between buying chemicals for my tank and am about to resupply. I would like to know what combination of chemicals i should be using for the best success in my reef tank. I have a 75 gallon with a sump, a refugium in the sump, 350 watts of metal halide and two 55 watt 20k 50%...
  15. The THINK Tank
    How important are strontium levels in regards to keeping SPS, particularly Acropora sp.? Is it an element that needs to be tested for regularly and dosed regularly? or is it a trace element that is usually taken care of by regular water changes?
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