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Supplements for marine aquarium...

Postby krishnendu » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:04 am

The most important supplements for a marine aquarium are
1. Calcium
2. Magnesium
3. Strontium and
4. iodine

Check the below links for better understanding

1. http://www.fishlore.com/saltwater-supplements.htm

2. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=362

3. http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm ... 0&aid=2823
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Re: Supplements for marine aquarium...

Postby el batty » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:14 am

is it compulsory for fish only tank also?
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Re: Supplements for marine aquarium...

Postby krishnendu » Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:43 am

el batty wrote:is it compulsory for fish only tank also?


if you want good amount of coraline algae in your rock then its is required or else you can skip dosing supplements.
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Postby el batty » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:02 am

Understood. Any brand you would recommend? Please mention cost and dosing regimen too.
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Re: Supplements for marine aquarium...

Postby krishnendu » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:48 am

Kent is the best... I think Rudra da have a good stock.
Seachem is also good... available with ashok da and rocky and with rana da at gallif

price and dosing regime depends from product to product.
The above information is not up to date... please contact them for more info.

DIY solution:
For this you require good quality test kits during initial period of dosing -

Calcium:
Calcium Hydroxide Ca(OH)2 (Chun) - Add 2 tablespoon of good quality calcium hydroxide in 2 ltrs water, shake well , the solution will turn milky. Allow it to precipitate for approx 6-8 hrs, you will find clear water and precipitate at the bottom. Now dose your tank with this clear water.
You can dose your tank with 50ml of this solution daily .
Please note there is a high chance for increase in pH level of your tank. So adjust your dosing regime accordingly by taking regular reading of your tank's pH value during initial period of dosing.

Magnesium:
Magnesium Sulphate MgSO4 - (Epsom salt) - It is readily available in any medical shop. Add 250 gm of Epsom salt in 2 ltr water, shake well till the salt dissolves completely. You may add 100 ml of solution per month to your tank, spread the dosing over 4 weeks.

You can skip strontium and iodine as presently you do not have much corals.

But if you are using the DIY process then you require good quality test kits for calcium and PH.
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Re: Supplements for marine aquarium...

Postby el batty » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:16 am

I use SERA Test kits, if needed for DIY, i might get myself an API set.

Very informative thread, Salties are on a roll now i guess! :D :D
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Re: Supplements for marine aquarium...

Postby krishnendu » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:22 am

API is one of the best test kit available in the market. I have used it and till date quite satisfied with the results.
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Re: Supplements for marine aquarium...

Postby el batty » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:26 am

Sera No2 and Ph is standard toh? :|
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Re: Supplements for marine aquarium...

Postby krishnendu » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:29 am

SERA test kit is ok when you have a stable system, you know what to dose and when to dose. For regular checkup you can use it.

But if you are in testing phase and trying your hands out on DIY stuff, then SERA is not recomended.
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Postby el batty » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:31 am

lol, got it.
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