additives for softies?

fish 511

New member
Well, I am converting to a soft coral dominant reef, and have never kept coral before. I was just curious as to what was neccesary to be added to the water to keep the guys happy. Right now I am just adding Kent's Liquid Calcium to keep up my calcium. Other than that, I am just doing about 10% weekly water changes. What do you guys add for your softies?? THANKS
 

drummereef

Team RC
Alkalinity is a major factor here. I would recommend getting on a balanced alk/calcium suppliment to keep your levels in check. Here's a great read for dosing in reef aquaria. ;)

The “How To” Guide to Reef Aquarium Chemistry for Beginners, Part 2: What Chemicals Must be Supplemented
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2007-04/rhf/index.php
 

fish 511

New member
Drummer reef,
Thanks for the link, appreciate it. Sorry, I guess I should have been more clear. I meant do you add like phytoplankton or anything like that. I heard that softies sometimes grow better in water that is not prestine, is this true to some extent? LMK, thanks
 

bassettmd

New member
all corals like some nutrients in the water... still a good idea for a skimmer and managing your nitrates for they will not pull that much out of the water to make up for a large bioload
 

drummereef

Team RC
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=9891587#post9891587 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by fish 511
Drummer reef,
Thanks for the link, appreciate it. Sorry, I guess I should have been more clear. I meant do you add like phytoplankton or anything like that. I heard that softies sometimes grow better in water that is not prestine, is this true to some extent? LMK, thanks


Ahhh, no problem. I don't direct feed any of my softies. Just give them light and some fish poopy and they will do just fine. :) But, you have to admit that is a great article though. :D
 

fish 511

New member
haha, yeah. Well, I am running a remora like what you have drummerreeef, and have a coralife 260w pc retrofit over my tank, so I think I am good to go. About how much turnover do you have in your tank??
 
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