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    Dear Reefer,

    Read our latest blog by Sharon Ram, Red Sea’s Chief Scientist, about the importance of Foundation Elements in reef aquariums.

    Our research has revealed important facts about these key elements, which have a very significant role in coral growth and health within your reef aquarium.

    Achieving a successful coral reef aquarium is dependent upon maintaining stable water parameters at the levels of major, minor and trace elements required by the corals.

    Although many elements have an important role in maintaining the desired water parameters, a few of them have a very significant role in the overall stability of the reef aquarium.

    These elements are the ‘foundation’ of the reef environment and they include the three major elements: calcium (Ca?²), magnesium (Mg?²) and bi-carbonates (HCO??²).

    These 3 elements have a major effect on the water chemistry (pH stability, alkalinity, sea water ionic strength) and on many of the coral’s biological processes (skeleton formation, ion exchange & photosynthesis).

    Corals build their skeletons through a unique process called skeletogenesis. In this process, a layer of special cells in the corals soft tissue transports, secretes and concentrates the 3 foundation elements (calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate) and other elements (strontium and barium) into special areas called the “calcifying centers” where a matrix of calcium carbonate (aragonite) is formed.

    Red Sea’s Foundation Program provides a complete solution for maintaining and replenishing the foundation building blocks of the reef aquarium by providing complete and balanced supplements, formulated to work together for long term use and without changing the ionic balance of the water. Implementing the program will ensure stronger, healthier and more colorful corals.


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