What to use in a dosing unit.

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  1. Smithers

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    I just got me a new dosing unit. There are 5 channels on it so I was wondering what to use, apart from the obvious Calcium, Alkalinity and Magnesium.
    I have a lot of soft corals so I was wanting to use trace elements.
    Any suggestions on good brands.
     
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    You could dose food
    You could dose additives like Fuel
     
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    dose fuel, and if its softies dose iodine

    dont waste your time with trace elements as they should be trace :)
     
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    The aquavitro fuel?
     
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    Yes true
    Softies and LPS will love you for dosing Iodine
    Make an iodine solution with RO water and dose it that way as most iodine you get is very concentrated and would not be worth dosing through a system as you will be adding so little
     
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    Yip
    This will also sort out your trace elements so no need for more of them
     
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    Looking at the chemical analysis for the fuel it has Iodine in it already. The downside to that is you have to shake the bottle well before use.
     
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    can add an airstone :)
     
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    Not that is a good idea :m106:
     
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    any idea on mixing proportions of iodine..ie how much lugols would you dilute with say 500ml of ro water
     
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    Depends entirely on your usage and iodine needs
     
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    and what the label states, strength etc
     
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    Say for example you use 10ml of pure iodine a week.
    Then dilute it to dose around 1.5ml of iodine a day.
    So if you dilute 10ml iodine into 90ml RO water you total volume is 100ml of the 100ml solution you will dose 14ml a day to give you around 1.4-1.5ml of iodine in solution.
     
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    Directions on my bottle states 1ml per 25 gallons. So what I did is, added 1 drop per 1ml RO and set the doser to split the dosage twice a day.
    So basically with 500ml's, it will be 500 drops of Iodine.
     
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