coral coloration additives

Discussion in 'Water Parameters and Additives' started by ZaxXx, 21 Feb 2012.

  1. ZaxXx

    ZaxXx

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    Always a concern to me . . .
    i have a NSW system, do i also have to dose additives such as trace elements to get my corals to have strong color?

    Or should i be doing a 10% change every two weeks ??

    I do a 20% once a month. . .

    Please help
    Thanks:)
     
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  3. durleo

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    you need to adjust lighting and reduce nutrients - Maybe try prodibio or bio pellets
    I noticed changes when i switched to geissman t5's
     
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    what corals do you have? If your nutrients are low then you could try zeo products for colour.

    If you have sps, then look at your flow, thats very important, then light. What are your nutrients like?
     
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    oh ok I see that you are using NSW and not keeping your parameters at NSW. With NSW there are just too many possibilities that could be a problem. It could very possibly be your water thats a problem
     
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    ZaxXx Thread Starter

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    i got mostly softies. . . check out my link. Stocking up fish slowly slowly. . .

    My corals look alright to ME... not sure if im correct. il start keeping the lights on for a few more hors and see if that makes a difference. Just changed all the bulbs also. . .
    Just concerned now cos a guy at northlands said even with NSW il have to use the trace element additive. confused.
     
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    I am speaking under correction but i was always under the impression that with weekly or bi-weekly water changes you dont need to dose trace elements for that week that you dont do water changes you need to add trace elements...? Confused or is it Preference
     
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    One can dose amino acids. The Red Sea range of coral supplements is brilliant but I think they are mainly directed at SPS corals but I cant see why your softies wont benefit from some TLC. High nutrients can play a role on coral discolouration as they take on more zooxanthellae which causes the corals to brown.

    @Braco, weekly water changes can negate the need to dose TE's if they are big enough, however things like phosphate sponges, skimmers and carbon can strip the tank of valuable TE's especially if fresh carbon and a new phosphate remover has just been added
     
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    IME the most important thing in coral basics is keeping the tank stable and within suitable nutrient(this would also depend on the type of corals) and trace element ranges. Essentially a tank that is stable for a reasonable period, with all parameters being correct, should have happy, healthy and colourful corals.

    The use of products like zeovit, neozeo and their associated colour tweakers etc will also improve colours only if all the basics are in order and if the reefer is trying to push the edge
     
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    what type and colour globes are you using?
     
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    Ive got 6 . . .
    3 whites 12000k
    2 blues
    1 pink
     
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    I would stick to regular water changes.

    If you want your colors to pop, you could try some Actinic globes ;)
     
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    Thanks @Tony one is never too old to learn..i will make sure that i utilize your advise from here on in..
     
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    il try that... il do a 50-100 liter change a week :)
    could it also be that i was running the two blues for 7-8 hours and the 4 other actinic and blues for +-3 hours a day??
     
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    oh yeah... and probably remove the carbon for a while??
     
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