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MiamiLeos 08-23-2012 10:42 PM

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? :-D

Reefing Madness 08-23-2012 10:46 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.

MiamiLeos 08-23-2012 10:53 PM

Sweet thanks!

MiamiLeos 08-23-2012 10:55 PM

So I shouldnt buy into all the ph balancers and iodine and coral grow stuff?

Reefing Madness 08-24-2012 01:25 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.

MiamiLeos 08-24-2012 01:31 AM

Wow awesome.. I was adding up all the Kent supplements Petco has for reefs and holy cow.. talk about a chunk of change!

Reefing Madness 08-24-2012 01:34 AM

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Originally Posted by MiamiLeos (Post 1211794)
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.

MiamiLeos 08-24-2012 01:43 AM

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 :(

Reefing Madness 08-24-2012 10:29 AM

Yea, hate that crap. They are there for just the sale, they want the cash. Sucks.

MiamiLeos 08-24-2012 11:29 AM

Well if my cousin would take the time to learn about it herself... but to each's own I suppose.


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