SPS advice for novice

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  1. Seabass

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    If you run SPS:

    1. How many L's in your DT & sump each?
    2. What do you dose? Brand you use and how much ml or grams?
    3. How often do you test, do you test only, ca, mg and alk?
    4. Do you find that SPS is science?
    5. Are monti's and digitata more resilient than other SPS?

    Reason being I was tricked, i tell you scammed :) by Broder into SPS a week ago and now I have many questions and am more nervous about my corals ability to survive in my tank.

    My only real dosing I use is alk 8.3 into RO chamber. 1 teaspoon : 45 L RO each weekend.

    6 drops of iodein on Wen & Sat
    12 drops of mg on Wen & Sat
    5 ml ca on Wen & Sat

    Also Bioptim & digest on alterating bi monthly cycle.

    I do test, found mg down on my last test so increased dosage.

    When I grow up I wanna have SPS. :).

    Am I on the correct path or should I be doing something different?

    Also if anybody has advice on keeping SPS and reads this tread could you add your experience / advice / shopping list of non commercial treatments for dosing to this tread.

    Thanks to all concerned SPS lovers, I have stick fever and don't want to get better ever again, so no referrals to doctors for this sickness please. :)
     
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  3. Tony

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    See my answers in red

     
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    Thanks @ Tony, I find the biggest thing I can take from your advice is to:

    1. work out my actual consumption
    2. Dose according to consumption requirements

    The aim is stability.

    I will probably have to get a ph pen, using a test kit at the moment. It will take the pita out of testing ph.

    Cheers
     
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    That's pretty much it and dont forget low nutrients. I should also add to have a decent skimmer. Incidently, what tank, lights and skimmer do you have?
     
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    Aswers in red below.

     
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    Tank: 122x60x55 - 425 l
    Sump: 105x45x45 - 140 l
    Lights: Reef Inmates 6 x 54w T5's, Giesemann globes on order
    Skimmer: Reef Octopus orca 100
     
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    Sounds perfect. What do you have for water movement?
     
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    2x tunze 6105 on 7096 controller for flow, opposite side of tank, both blowing upwards slightly. One blows to back of tank and other to front.
     
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    Sounds perfect then. Now you will just have to choose supplements to dose your tank with. Trace element additions, feeding the corals as well as amino acid dosing certainly helps a lot.
     
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    I feed cyclop eeze. Is that ok for them.
     
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    Cool. MAybe add some amino acids as well. The Reefbooster is brilliant.
     
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    Tony how do you feed this to your system? I see on some bottle the instrustions state target feed? and how do you know how your over dosing?

    Looking to use this in the future....
     
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    Archie, which product are you refering to? I use the seachem aminos and trace elements. I just add it to my tank and turn the skimmer off overnight. I do this at the same time as reefbooster and biodigest so I dont have the skimmer on and off all the time. This also allows the bacteria time to multiply before being sucked out by the skimmer
     
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    This is also from the Prodibio range, Reefbooster?

    So I must turn skimmer off when adding Prodibio range. Thanks
     
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    It was a Brightwell product....cant recall the name....

    Makes sense I think I will try something like this...
     
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    Reefbooster is from Prodibio. Turning off the skimmer is a must otherwise you are just wasting the product
     
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    Darn, 5 months of waste, this is so frustrating, could just as well have been adding a few drops of water once every 2 weeks. Now I know and not a moment to early, time for my month end dose. Thanks for the heads up Tony.
     
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    Killing AEFW's with Bayer Advanced Complete Insect Killer.


    And this freaks me out, commercial insecticide for SPS dips?
     
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