great read on SPS colour

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    Thanks.

    Besides the basics like lighting, flow and low nutrients, I'd say regular water changes with a good quality salt is probably your best bet if you don't wan't to go into the details of the process. It should be enough to replace missing elements.
     
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    unfortunately not always. Otherwise we would all have great coloured sps :) .. What I think is that large water changes are not too good for sps as you want to keep things as stable as possible. I say more frequent small changes are the way to go with water changes
     
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    I agree, i do 5-10% weekly
     
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    i noticed that when I keep up with my water changes and then when I forget about them for a few months, my tank is the same lol... Dont try that at home kids.. Maybe its because I have a few corals, but I know a couple guys with sps reefs who hardly do water changes.. Guess also thats that thing where something works on one guys tank but not on yours.. :)
     
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    So they make a lot of comments about Potassium dosing. Which product would one use for that?
     
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    Potassium is mostly dosed when zeolites are used as by nature the are natural absorbers of it

    Brightwell make Potassion additive and ZeoVit as they use zeolites, i dont know of others
     
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    I must have a look, my blue sps definitely arent popping like they should
     
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    watch my Zeovit thread, today i am posting which elements enhance which colours
     
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    I guess you could also use potassium chloride. I used it with planted aquariums for potassium dosing. This is also one of the main ingredients in brightwells potassion. The other is potassium sulfate. Guess its the same scenario as with the magnesium additives where it is mainly a mixture of chloride and sulfate.

    I used potassium chloride in my tank about 2 months ago but since I dont have a test kit I dont do regular dosing.
     
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    zeo have a few potassium additives
     
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    never add what you cant test for :)
     
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    Greetings

    Thread about to get derailed, watch out here comes the rant!!!!!! But its all relative!

    And how does one test for DOC, TOC or POC, i.e. carbon? You know, the stuff you add in the form of Vodka, Zeostart, zeofood, Biopellets, etc.
    How do we test for the elements, metals, etc. which are believed to enhance colouration..... With Mr. Pohl's refusal to publisize the contents of his products, how can we test for it if we do not know what it is????

    Its actually simple, just follow the instructions I guess..... BUT I WANT TO KNOW the why, how, not just the how much and how often!!!!

    Anyway, to get back to the carbon thing.......
    Effectively, in my humble opinion, its the key parameter we should be testing, as it the very base on which the ecosystem we are trying to mimic rests.
    The reality is that unless we have a Shimadzu 5000 TOC Analyzer, we will not be able to measure it in our tanks, and even then, we can only measure toc.

    Actually, don't feel like ranting right now.........

    Could not resists
     
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    You gonna sell your boat and buy us one? What we gonna charge for testing aquarists water?
     
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    Jeezz, just checked prices, I think I'd keep the boat and sell the house...lol

    Well, if we can keep on convincing the newbies that you need to test for everything in the water column (stuff you cannot get test kits for) on a weekly basis, because one have to, then I think we can start looking around for a remote idyllic island to buy........
     
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    luckily this hobby is about personal choice, no-one holds a gun to our heads :)
     
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    Ja we know, just kidding around a bit :)
     
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