Advice on Corals

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  1. Stanley

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    :blush: I want to enquire, I started my tank running a sump (plain and simple return from DT into sump, deep sand bed approx. 10cm thick with some caulerpa algae, from there bubble trap back to DT). At first I was scared of coral didnt know much still dont know much. The coral came as I took some zoas of the rocks while on holiday. They survived and is doing fine. Then got some xenia, zoas and mushrooms. Now my worry is my wife bought me a brain coral yesterday from a fish store, do I need to start dosing my tank?
     
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    nope not yet, do you have test kits?
     
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    yes i do, got ca and phospate yesterday to test,and this might sound DUMB-- the calcium i tested on the kit it states that i must test water, will go voilet and the blue i droppep about 25-30 drops to check must it go to a dark blue cause there is no reference on the instructions...
     
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    hmmm take the test kit back and ask them to show you how it works
    which make?

    to start you can get a all in one like Brightwells Elemental or liquid reef
     
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    or the Red Sea Reef Foundation test kit. or if you have a lot of money and don't wanna look like a mad scientist you can buy the Hanna test kits but they go for about 1200 rand each.. and are digital
     
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    important things you wanna test when keeping LPS corals such as the brain coral are the alkalinity .. calcium .. and magnesium and also making sure your phosphates and nitrates are not too high
     
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    SERA test kit... i have the red sea test kit with alkanity,ph. amonia, nitrate and nitrite... those are simple and plain forward. the phosphate one is also sera and easy. the CA as i mentioned earlier must turn blue it does but how will i know wich colouration of blue...

    @HOT SAUCE thanks I will test for that.
     
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    Also had the sera kits. It mus just turn blue. Doesnt matter which shade of blue that is.
    Then u multiply nr of drops added by 20 if i remember correctly. And thats your reading
     
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    yes i have thrown in about 30 drops
     
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