Starting with SPS corals

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  1. ChrisNell

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    Hi guys

    After thinking about it for some time, I have decided to try my hand at SPS corals. I have had my setup for about two years. Display is 500l, sump 250l. DSB, skimmer, chaeto. The system is well established, with thriving fish, soft corals and a few LPS's. I have sold my softies, kept the LPS's. I already have 2xMH's and 6xT5's, with Display Tank flow from 4 pumps. Tank's bottom is bare and clean, and have about 10 fishes - clowns, wrasses, two angels, blenny, tang. I do small water changes every weekend while siphoning detritus - only around 20l each time.

    My questions:

    1) Equipment - should I add a Kalk stirrer or Calcium reactor or any other equipment?
    2) Additives - what additives are essential to add?
    3) SPS - are there easier/more difficult ones - monti's? - Acropora?
    4) Vodka, or alternatives?

    I know this is a very involved topic which cannot be covered adequately by my questions above, but I am looking for a good start, with as little mistakes and as simple as possible!

    Thanks
    Chris
     
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    1) Equipment - should I add a Kalk stirrer or Calcium reactor or any other equipment?
    There are a few options available for your CA/ALK demands, You could have a dosing pump which will dose ALK & CA into your system,dosing pumps are flexible in terms of what they can be used for and are rock solid.
    Then there is a Calcium Reactor, which Doses Alk/CA + other trace elements in equal qauntities in your tank, they are reliable and a preferred method for larger tanks where the demands for supplementing is greater.

    2) Additives - what additives are essential to add?
    Personally, i dont think you need to dose anything if you are doing regular water changes, I found most SPS dominant tank owners dose some level of bacteria to reach a ULNS (which is a topic for another day ),but this isnt a must and can be avoided,

    3) SPS - are there easier/more difficult ones - monti's? - Acropora?
    SPS are fairly easy to keep in the right conditions, but tend to be more more difficult to get them to color up and youll find yourself pulling your hair out infrustration...but worth the bald patch in the end
    4) Vodka, or alternatives?
    there are a number methods , Prodibio,MB7, Zeovit, NeoZeo
    I personally use the Full Zeovit method and the results are outstanding, I can also say that Prodibio is a great product as well and will the right dosing schedule can be very effective for keeping a ULNS
     
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    I've always just used Tropic Marin bio calcium. It maintains everything in balance, even in a SPS dominated tank. It's the cheapest supplement around as you will need nothing else
     
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    Thanks Junz

    Tony, would that take care of the calcium requirements, or some others as well?
     
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    Sorry Tony, another question - do you dose manually or automatic?
     
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    It will take care of alkalinity, calcium and magnesium as well as all major and minor trace elements. Ask yourself how much you spend on supplements a month. I can show you how to dose it properly if you want. The cheapest way to buy it is in a 10kg bucket. It's an initial outlay of about R1300-00 but it lasts a long time depending on the demand of your tank

    I just add four scoops of the powder to my sump and that's it.
     
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    Thanks Tony - sounds fairly simple - I suppose I will find it at any good LFS?
     
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    Where in SA do you live?
     
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    I had a look at the product on the Tropic Marin website -really looks like a good product. Also had a look at your system, featured in June 2009 - very nice.
     
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    Thanks for the compliment. Speak to Lanzo at Dorry pets or Moolis at Pet stop. They can get the stuff for you then I can show you how to dose it properly
     
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    I know Moolis well - will get it and get back to you thanks Tony
     
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