View Full Version : probably a very dumb question

01-12-2010, 3:22 PM
i know this will prob be a dumb question to ask, :doh: but i need to know. i spoke with someone recently about some chemicals i am supplementing for my corals and they suggested to add magnesium to the list. i dont have a clue what i would be supplementing magnesium for, could someone help me out?? what does it do and why is it needed??

01-12-2010, 3:25 PM
It assist in the uptake of Calcium

01-12-2010, 3:25 PM
Magnesium makes the calcium available for the corals to use. You want a Mg level roughly 3x the Calcium level. Therefore, if you want 450ppm Ca, you want 1350ppm Mg.

01-12-2010, 3:27 PM
does it also help in the growth of the corals?

01-12-2010, 3:28 PM
It is needed for the corals to be able to grow, yes, also for Coraline algae.

01-12-2010, 3:30 PM
cool, that is a big help! does anyone recommend a certain brand of magnesium......seachem, etc?

01-12-2010, 3:32 PM
Bulk Reef Supply supplement is the best value, but a number of manufacturers make additives, Seachem, Kent, etc.

01-12-2010, 3:32 PM
I've heard lots of good things about Bulk Reef Supply and B-Ionic

01-12-2010, 3:52 PM
List what you are dosing. A lot of people dose useless stuff and don't dose the essentials.

01-12-2010, 4:01 PM
currently im dosing calcium, and the carbonate alkalinaty, also an occasional buffer if needed. but thats about it. last time i checked levels were:

salinity: 1.023

01-12-2010, 4:02 PM
kH: 10-11 drops
calcium: 420
nitrate: 5
nitrite: 0
pH: 8.4

01-12-2010, 4:03 PM
that was roughly 2 wks ago. i dose calcium about every other week or so. just to try to stay on top of it. i have two clams that i was told will use a lot of the calcium. the lowest ive seen it drop to is 320.

01-12-2010, 5:06 PM
I have a 40B, so I don't have a large need for dosing, so I use the aquavitro line. I currnet;y dose the calcification, vibrance for iodide, ions for mag., and of course fuel. I don't have to add a lot, because I DO change water every so often....if you have a large tank, then the BRS stuff is definately the way to go, as the aquavitro line can get expensive....:doh: