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Old 10/22/2017, 02:16 AM   #401
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Dosing options

Hi all, I am 1 month into my first saltwater tank and have just started adding corals. I am using the Aquaforest 3 part additive mix. I an a long time freshwater keeper but this is my first dive into the reefing tank. So far so good.

My question is what automated dosing options does the reefing community suggest?

I am strongly considering investing in the Apex 2016 controller (as soon as I can determine if it is available in Australia yet), but one issue is that their dosing options are based on 2 part. Obviously I can just invest in 2 of the DOS modules and use them. I am also considering their container solution - expensive but very convenient. I could host 2 of the container units in a cupboard next to the tank connected to 2 of the DOS units.

What are the experts in the community's thoughts?

Thanks, Brad.


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Old 11/02/2017, 12:49 PM   #402
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I just started dosing Aquaforest and is my first time diving into the dosing realm. My Calc and Alk seemed to be depleting by equal amounts before starting to dose.

I started off by getting my Alk and Calc to desired levels before starting on a dosing regimen. I got alk stable at 8.9-9.0 dKH and my calc stable at 425-450.

I started dosing Aquaforest 25ml (30 gallon tank) throughout 6x per day. I have a kore 5th doser. For the first 4 days everything stayed really stable Alk right at 9.0 dKH and calc 425-435.

Today (the 5th day) I checked and saw my Alk shoot up to 9.2 dKH and my calc was at 397. I use hannah checkers and check my water chemistry at the same time every day. Should I change my dosages? I know we are supposed to dose all 3 parts equally but it seems like my reef is consuming at unequal parts.

The only change between yesterday and today is I started Vodka dosing to help with my phosphates. (I only added .2 ml of Vodka before testing), could that be the reason for the change in alk and calc? I wouldn't think so.


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Old 11/02/2017, 10:03 PM   #403
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Yes I would lower your dosage equally. I would drop it down 5ml per . So make your new setting 20ml per day.

What salt are you currently using and what is your salt batch parameters?


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Old 11/03/2017, 08:52 AM   #404
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Yes I would lower your dosage equally. I would drop it down 5ml per . So make your new setting 20ml per day.

What salt are you currently using and what is your salt batch parameters?


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Im using instant ocean right now. Its what my LFS mixes for me so I am not mixing my own. The only other option would be Red Sea.


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Old 11/03/2017, 08:53 AM   #405
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and salt batch parameters are:
7.4 dKH and 350 calc


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Old 11/03/2017, 03:03 PM   #406
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and salt batch parameters are:
7.4 dKH and 350 calc


This is one of the battles your going to have. When you run your system parameters different than your water change parameters. Stability is important.

You should try to run your system to closely match your water change parameters.

I believe you'd have better success if you'd lower your Alkalinity slowly on your tank over time to match that of your water change water.

For example: Alk 7.4 , Calcium around 410 to 415ppm and magnesium 1300 to 1400ppm

Every time you do a water change your are currently working against yourself in a sense.




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Old 11/03/2017, 03:42 PM   #407
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This is one of the battles your going to have. When you run your system parameters different than your water change parameters. Stability is important.

You should try to run your system to closely match your water change parameters.

I believe you'd have better success if you'd lower your Alkalinity slowly on your tank over time to match that of your water change water.

For example: Alk 7.4 , Calcium around 410 to 415ppm and magnesium 1300 to 1400ppm

Every time you do a water change your are currently working against yourself in a sense.




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Thanks for the heads up,

I have not done a water change yet since starting to dose Aquaforest, I might try a different LFS or a different salt mix to try and get higher Alk and Calc because my system has had good results with the higher numbers that Aquaforest has been providing.


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Old 11/09/2017, 04:42 PM   #408
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Lets say that nitrates and phosphates are non-detectable due to a large refugium and skimmer and one wants to run a none- ( or at least minimal) water change system;

Would the comp1/2/3 be an OK replacement for the standard triton dosing regiment, or does the comp1/2/3 require "help" from water changes?
Are there other aquaforest products that would be more suited than comp1/2/3 in this scenario?


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Old 11/13/2017, 10:02 AM   #409
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Mg in component 3 or 1

Is there any way to tell whether the mag is in component 3 or compenent 1. I bought the set of three in September at my local LFS and they are in the purple 5L jugs. Just wondering as the label on the bottles still state that the Mg is in component 1. Any way to confirm which bottle the Mg is in.

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Old 11/13/2017, 08:17 PM   #410
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Aquaforest products- Component 1+2+3+

I'm sure the purple jugs have the magnesium in component +3


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Old 11/17/2017, 10:31 PM   #411
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I'm sure the purple jugs have the magnesium in component +3


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I have a set of purple jugs that clearly state mag still in comp1.


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Old 11/17/2017, 10:33 PM   #412
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Mine also has the Mg in component 1. I am assuming it is just a label issue. But thwt is why I asked.


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Old 11/17/2017, 10:34 PM   #413
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I'm sure this is possible as we made the change . There was a transition from having the magnesium in component +1 to component +3


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