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usmc121581 12-03-2006 07:06 PM

Live rock loosing its color
 
Hi guys, Ever since I added my 2-250 watt MHs, I've noticed that my rock is loosing the pink corraline algea. What is going on. A LFS store said that the pink is very sensitive to light that It is bleaching itself and that it will be replaced by others. My parameters are good.

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caferacermike 12-03-2006 08:29 PM

our LFS is correct. It will turn white and flake away for about 3 months. It will at the same time be replaced by a superthick purple. The new coraline will be ready to do battle with just about anything after it settles back in. I'd advise that you start heavy dosing B Ionic daily if you do not run a CA reactor. I've found that in addition to B Ionic that a touch of Sea Chem Reef Complete helps bring it back and stronger. Watch your MG levels, if you test for them, as that can drop out as it is used up.

usmc121581 12-03-2006 08:31 PM

I do heavy dose w/ B-Ionic already. Cuz I noticed only the pink is dieing the dark reds and green are doing alright, thanks.

trreherd 12-03-2006 08:43 PM

dont they make a suplement called purple up? Its supposed to make the purple and pink algea grow relly good.
''our LFS ''
I thought mike lived in texas and usmc lived in maryland? thats pretty far away to be sharing the same lf :?

caferacermike 12-03-2006 08:55 PM

If my PC was a tad faster and hadn't hiccupped while I was doing the shift+Y it would have said Your.


Purple up is not really worth the money. It's way more expensive than B Ionic and or Sea Chem Reef Complete and Reef Alk. Also you could include Kent A and B but who would? These are just supplements that help keep the different Calcium types available and add some Strontium and Magnesium. They work in unison to balance the tank. B Ionic claims you can add them right after each other. Most of the others recommend dosing CA one day and ALk the next. Purple up is supposed to incorporate both in one bottle but that's impossible. If you mix the 2 parts together it gets really hot and makes aragonite sand. Purple up is basically a calcium supplement without benefits for double the price.

usmc121581 12-03-2006 09:40 PM

Purple up sucks to.

trreherd 12-03-2006 10:04 PM

Still keeping on the topic of supplements. if you have a couple of shrimp in a small tank(say a 20 gallon) do you need to worry about iodine? Or will a weekly water change keep idine up? cause ive heard that shrimp can die cause of a bad mult.

Lupin 12-03-2006 10:38 PM

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Originally Posted by trreherd
Or will a weekly water change keep idine up?

I hardly ever imagine iodine would go up when you do water change unless your tapwater contains iodine which I highly doubt.

caferacermike 12-03-2006 11:01 PM

Sorry Blue. A good salt mix will have trace Iodide or Iodine in it. Small weekly water changes will provide most everything you'll need unless running a demanding SPS or clam tank.

Lupin 12-03-2006 11:05 PM

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Originally Posted by caferacermike
Sorry Blue. A good salt mix will have trace Iodide or Iodine in it. Small weekly water changes will provide most everything you'll need unless running a demanding SPS or clam tank.

Whoops. I forgot that salt does have iodine.:mrgreen:


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