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Redsea colours

Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by leopardshark, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. leopardshark

    leopardshark Registered

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    Hi I've just got my first box of redsea colours abcd ect .... I was wondering . do i now need to buy the colours test kits at £50 .. Or can I work out the dose a different way as everything seems dependant on calcium ... If this is the case can someone explain it to me simply .. I mean very simply

    Love to hear all your views and comments
     
  2. Bluez_01

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    I got a box of this sat in me cupboard, been there for a while now (6 months or so), here is what I found... brought the separate test kits, Boron, Potassium, iodine not the red sea ones but the Sal ones, as it was cheaper, now I do use red sea pro salt for the record, which is high in most things anyway.

    But convinced I could improve on this, I brought the colours ABCD, tested the levels of the above mentioned, to find all where within guidance lines of where they should be, some slightly lower but not by much, thinking that I had invested in this quiet heavy now (this stuff doesn`t come cheap as you know), I decided to dose a small amount to bring it in to the higher guidance levels, mainly the Blues and Red/Pinks.

    Things started to shrivel up after about a week and I didn`t notice any colour difference to be honest, though it was only a week, so I doubt it had time to do anything, so I weighed up my options, improve 1 or 2 coral colours in the risk of losing many, or just stick with the water changes with the red sea pro and leave them to do their own thing, second option won.

    So personally I would look at what coral or corals you are wanting to improve in colour first, then buy a test kit for that choice, measure it and see where it is at, Dose small with whichever one you are using and see how things react to it, if things start looking like there going downhill, stop dosing.
    I am now firmly rooted to the fact that a good high level salt no matter what brand can and does supply everything needed for corals to survive, growth/colours I now believe is down to how much nutrients they can gather from the water, high nutrients increase growth, low nutrients increase colour, as long as the temp and lights are fine of course.

    Don`t know if this was any good to you or not, but it is what I discovered from using it, maybe one day I will break out the test kits again, and test and try again, but at the moment, I will let them do there thing for now.

    Good Luck on whatever way you go though. Big Thumbs Up
     
  3. leopardshark

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    Ok so I've decided to dose on my calcium uptake so I'm trying to work out what my daily calcium consumption is

    Mon

    Ca 440
    Kh9.2 •d
    Mg1520

    Tues
    Ca 355
    Kh10.4
    Mg1100

    Is that right it's seems a little too much
     
  4. warby

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    Seems an awful lot that matey, my 5foot tank uses about 10-15ppm per day calc from what I remember.
     
  5. leopardshark

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    I'm going to retest tommorow
    At the same time and see what the results are ...
     
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    What kits are you using?
    85 ppm seems alot for 1day lol. What size is the tank?
     
  7. leopardshark

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    2 foot cube and I'm using redsea ca mg kh reef foundation pro test kit...

    I have a sump with about 20 mangroves
     
  8. warby

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    Something defiantly isn't right there lol, 85 ppm per day in a 2ft cube. I'd start again test today then test tomorrow.
     
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    Erm what times the best to test lights on or lights off???
     
  10. warby

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    If I remember from when I did mine it was about 1pm both times but I don't think it matters too much. Also I did mine on let's say Monday then again on Friday and divide the difference in results by 5 so it takes an average and use that as a starting point
     
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