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Discussion in 'Water Parameters and Additives' started by deadmeat2016, 23 Nov 2012.

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    Ionic silica solution for enhancing growth rates of sponges and gastropods.
    1 drop per gallon of water increases ionic silica concentration by ~0.20 ppm.
    May be employed in silica-limited systems stocked with sponges to improve water quality
    by increasing the rate of natural latent organic material uptake by these organisms.
    May be used to increase the rate of sponge growth in marine systems housing spongivorous
    fishes such as marine angelfishes, butterflyfishes, and their allies, providing them with greater
    access to their natural foods.
    Formulated by a marine scientist.


    Has anyone has experience with this and isa it a good idea raising silica levels? According to the redfields ratio, silica is an important constituent, could it enduce algae blooms(diatoms) or will it actually benefit a system?

    Any opinions welcome
     
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    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Sounds like good marketing.

    I wouldnt dose anything that i cannot test for.
     
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    would you dose it if you had the silica test kit?
     
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    Nope. Never heard of anyone dosing silica to increase sponges and i've seem tanks over run with it! I also doubt silica is ever depleted to levels that will be detrimental to your system.
     
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    agreed, debate settled, rather spend money elsewhere
     
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    Actually it is beneficial to dose Silica. Silica promotes the growth of diatoms. It is also very quickly depleted and a lack of silica could limit NO3 & PO4 reduction.
     
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    Thats along the lines i was thinking, would it be beneficial to dose?
     
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    If your daily demand is exceeding your supply then yes.

    Thare are two makes of test kits I know of. Tropic marine and salefert.
     
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