Tank additives

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  1. JDgr8

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    Hi All

    I started my tank in May 2008 and have been adding 7ml Combisan on a weekly basis since then (recommended by LFS).

    I have been trying to buy more Combisan for 3 weeks now but the LFS has no stock and now suddenly says it is not that important.... Therefore, can you please advise whether I should add Combisan, i.e. how important is it and if yes, does anyone know of a reputable LFS on the East Rand?

    Thanks in advance for your feedback.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    there are plenty alternatives for Combisan, Kent, Pure Reef etc all make equivalants.
    u can ask the Sponsors if they have
     
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    Typical sales talk.

    What do you have in your tank and how often do you do water changes.
     
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    I have 2 x clowns, 1 x flame goby, 1 x sailfin tang, 1 x blue cheek goby, and 6 shrimps with 6 corals. Tank size = 1500 x 450 x 450. I do 10% water changes every 2 weeks. Water perimeters are fine.

    Is it necessary for Combisan or any of its equivalents?
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    No additives required other thank Ca, Alk and Mg.
    Ca and Alk which is found in kalkwasser and Mg which is in Epsom Salts.
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    What is combisan and what does it do? I've never heard of it before.
     
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    Tagging along to find out about this product.
     
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    OK, thanks... Seems it is not necessary then... Combisan is a bio-activator that contains essential trace elements in special compounds easily absorbed by invertibrates, micro organisms & marine fish.... according to the print on the bottle. The only mention of what it contains is Water and trace elements, Chelant
     
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    I think your tank will be better off without combisan IMO. Pollution in a bottle is the term that comes to mind. Add one drop into a litre of your tank water and test the phosphates and you will see why i say this.
     
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    Thanks Guys!
     
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    Agreed - you're MUCH better off using that money to do more frequent partial water changes, using a decent salt.

    Apart from that, you only need to add buffer (alkalinity), calcium, and occasionally magnesium.

    Hennie
     
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    Thanks Hennie. Done!
     
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