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post #1 of 21 Old 08-23-2012, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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What supplements/chemicals do you prefer for your reef?

So I'm going on Saturday to pick up a 57 gallon setup with everything. I'm definitely going full reef. I really like to be prepared so even though the tank has to cycle and what not still, I want to start looking for dosing supplements now to find the best products for the best price. What are you guys' favorites?
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post #2 of 21 Old 08-23-2012, 09:46 PM
An Improved Do-it-Yourself Two-Part Calcium and Alkalinity Supplement System by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com
I use Purple Up for Calcium. But don't use it much, I don't have SPS in my tank and no LPS so my Calcium doesn't flutuate much. So your Dosing is going to all depend on what you plan on keeping.
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post #3 of 21 Old 08-23-2012, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Sweet thanks!
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post #4 of 21 Old 08-23-2012, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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So I shouldnt buy into all the ph balancers and iodine and coral grow stuff?
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post #5 of 21 Old 08-24-2012, 12:25 AM
Nope. ALK, Magnesium, Calcium for water. Phytoplankton, Micro Vert, and once in awhile Coral Vital. Basically don't dose what you can't test for.
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post #6 of 21 Old 08-24-2012, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Wow awesome.. I was adding up all the Kent supplements Petco has for reefs and holy cow.. talk about a chunk of change!
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post #7 of 21 Old 08-24-2012, 12:34 AM
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Wow awesome.. I was adding up all the Kent supplements Petco has for reefs and holy cow.. talk about a chunk of change!
Yea, pretty much all crap. Not needed.
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post #8 of 21 Old 08-24-2012, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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That's great to hear. My cousin has a young (less than one year old) reef tank and has a company that does all the maintenance on it and they have her putting all sorts of stuff in the water on certain days. Even back when she started it, I wasnt all that impressed with the guy who cares for the tank. He set up the tank, put in the live sand and rock, set everything up and added a bunch of fish that same day. Well duh 90% of them died :(
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post #9 of 21 Old 08-24-2012, 09:29 AM
Yea, hate that crap. They are there for just the sale, they want the cash. Sucks.
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post #10 of 21 Old 08-24-2012, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Well if my cousin would take the time to learn about it herself... but to each's own I suppose.
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