I have a FOWLR tank, and I have several questions regarding water, chemicals, supplements and vitamins. My questions are listed below. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
1) I do not use RO water. Rather I have been using tap water and waiting for the chlorine to dissipate (about 5 days I believe). However, my wife recently told me to get rid of the buckets in the room, so I have to find another way to get rid of the chlorine. Yesterday I bought "NovAqua Plus" - it is supposed to detoxify water and add certain vitamins and anti-virus protection.
Does anyone have any experience with NovAqua Plus? Is it safe? Does it work?
2) I also bought a Calcium Buffer Solution (called B-Ionic). This is a 2 part system comprised of (1) an Alkalinity Solution bottle, and (2) a Calcium Solution bottle.
Do I need to supplement calcium in a FOWLR tank? Are there any adverse effects on FISH of not enough calcium or too much calcium? My alkalinity levels are currently 180 ppm. I do not currently test for calcium. What should my alkalinity be? What about calcium?
3) The PH in my aquarium is between 8.2 and 8.4 (closer to 8.4). However, when I mix water with my Instant Ocean salt mix, the PH is 8.0. Do I need to raise the PH to 8.4 before adding the new water to my tank or will the water stablizie to 8.4 because of my live rock and live sand automatically?
4) Should I be adding any vitamins or other supplements?
Thank you in advance.