Okay, so what is everyone's opinion of supplements?
I've had my tank set up for 2 months now... I cycled it with LR (~20lbs), live sand 20lbs, hermit crabs, and last week I added 2 percula clowns (really cool!). On my live rock I have some green star polyp colonies, and a colony of Blastumossa polyps. My question is this, should I be dosing with supplements?
I've read that supplements can be a good thing if you follow a conservative regimen and don't get carried away... For example, the GARF website "bulletproof reef" suggests this for my 29gal:
1 Tablespoon Each of: Reef Complete
twice a week Reef Calcium
twice a week Reef Advantage Calcium
added to each gallon of makeup water during the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month. Reef Builder
added to each gallon of makeup water during the 3rd week of each month.
I also hear that my star polyps need some things like iodine, what is the best way to add iodine to a tank? Right now i'm using Instant Ocean, about to open up a bag of Red Sea brand salt. I do water changes 20% every other week, and I use a canister filter (which I just started running it with only 1/2 the foam and I rinse it weekly). I don't have any of the fancy test kits yet, only the essentials, so I'm not sure where my levels of calcium, iodine, magnesium, strontium, etc are... I currently still use treated tap water which I let sit for 2 days in my basement before I add it to the tank. I do plan on switching to RO/DI water for the next water change though, I just had to obtain some vessels.