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Dosing which elements

Discussion in 'General Chit Chat' started by leopardshark, Sep 13, 2015.

  1. leopardshark

    leopardshark Registered

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    Ok so I have never actually dosed any elements before I've always thought that their were enough in my water changes.

    So anyway I've started dosing calcium magnesium and I've ordered alkalinity ..

    So what are the main ones you dose..

    What do you! Recommend ?????? Loved to hear and talk about it as I'm still green at this!!
     
  2. warby

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    The only ones I dose are the ones I can test for.......

    Personally I only dose magnesium calcium and alkalinity
     
  3. Eyore

    Eyore Guest

    Firstly you never dose elements, you cannot dose magnesium or calcium etc, you dose salts containing them.

    Only kalkwaser, calcium acetate or calcium carbonate (if uding a reactor) contain the correct balance of ca and hco3 for building coral skeleton, without dosing other elements

    Otherwise for the purposes of this hobby we use calcium chloride, and sodium bicarbonate which leaves over sodium chloride, which will increase salinity, thefore water is trmoved, but this slowly moves the make up of your tanks water from seawater (ish) towards sodium chloride

    Its to this objective that dosing/balling methods exist instead of just 2 part

    Balling lite
    Balling classic/triton

    Are 2 or 3 to read up on
     
  4. leopardshark

    leopardshark Registered

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    Ooh a lot to digest..

    Not using salt method bailing (I think) I have a much more simple method which I thought you may help me with these fluval sea liquid suppliments...

    And before you say anything I really don't know what's good or bad but I got some as freebie when the lid on my upstairs tank bust...

    Anyway here look at this[​IMG]
     
  5. Eyore

    Eyore Guest

    It will be calcium chloride diluted in ro

    Same as the red sea ones, though the rs contains strontium and possibly some other things as well. The fluval maybe similar or maybe not

    Pre diluted are an expensive way to dose in truth

    Ultimatly pre diluted, or salts are all variations of the same theme, other than the purity of ingredients there is nothing much to make it "good" or "bad" , other than wonky or optimistic sales bumf leading reefers into believing in magic
     
  6. leopardshark

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    Cheers eyore
     
  7. Eyore

    Eyore Guest

    No worries

    Like i say, do a bit of reading up

    It will seem very confusing at first, but keep reading and absorbing
     
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