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Old 01/09/2019, 12:35 PM   #1
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Dose same amounts of ALK & CA?

90g mixed, a lot of Stoney corals and Clams,running 24 months.
I began dosing about a year ago, using Seachem Fusion 1&2, about 5ml daily both to keep those two at ALK 9 and CA 430. While Mag has stayed at 1350, about three months ago ALK started to drop. So over those three months I have increased the ALK, From 5ml to 15ml per day to keep ALK stable at 9.
But CA has remained at 420-430 throughout this change.

I thought Corals consumed virtually the same amount of both ALK and CA?
I understand that I should be dosing the same amount.

Is that true? Can someone comment on that?


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Old 01/09/2019, 01:29 PM   #2
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You dose what you need.
That does not correlate to = parts in most cases.


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Old 01/09/2019, 07:28 PM   #3
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You dose what you need.
That does not correlate to = parts in most cases.
Not dosing equally is supposed to be one of the top ten mistakes made by reefers........and if the poster did not have a stunning tank, I would have discarded. Maybe I misunderstood what he was saying.

My SPS are pushing out Skelton quickly, and fattening by the base, everybody is happy, just don't want to make any major mistakes.

Thanks for taking the time to help!

Panic overted!


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Old 01/09/2019, 09:02 PM   #4
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The corals are consuming the supplements at a fixed ratio, although other things can happen to skew the balance. Water changes often are enough to keep the calcium level in line, because there's so much more of it in the saltwater. I am not sure what's happening here, but I suspect the consumption rate is very close to 1:1. This article might help, though:

http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-12/rhf/index.htm


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Old 01/10/2019, 07:17 AM   #5
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The corals are consuming the supplements at a fixed ratio, although other things can happen to skew the balance. Water changes often are enough to keep the calcium level in line, because there's so much more of it in the saltwater. I am not sure what's happening here, but I suspect the consumption rate is very close to 1:1. This article might help, though:

http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-12/rhf/index.htm
Yup, thatís an excellent article on the subject.
Thank you for your help.


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Old 01/11/2019, 03:15 PM   #7
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Learned something here.


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Dang, I've been here so many years, and this question has come up, and frustrated me personally so many times, and somehow, I missed that article (having read every other reefkeeping article posted by bertoni, and most of them generally).

Thanks for sharing bertoni. I bet that link answers 1/3 of the questions that come up around here


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You're all welcome. It's a good article.


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So in effect the balling method in equal parts really does not work for most supplements? I am struggling with this exact challenge right now using AF Component 123+ My alkaliny dose is almost double my dose for Ca and MG components and I still have to supplement with 4 grams of the kh Buffer daily


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Thanks for posting Bert


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