Originally posted by SBF
i dont have a calcium test kit... do i have to have one for adding calcium, i plan on not over doing it, jsut adding a few drops a week
Should always test before you add. Calcium and Alkalinity test kits are a must if you plan to add calcium supplements manually.
I tried not to add anything and just do water changes consistently...even used the Catalina Water for weekly water changes (expensive), but my calcium levels never went above 340.
So I asked around and gave Seachem's stuff a try. I always test before I add, and adjust accordingly (i.e. skip the scheduled dosing or stick to the schedule)...
I add 3 things in succession (leave about 15 minutes between each) twice a week (Sundays and Wednesdays)...1) Seachem Reef Plus, 2) Seachem Reef Calcium, and 3) Seachem Reef Complete...
I keep a bottle of Seachem Reef Carbonate handy just in case my alkalinity drops...but hasn't been a problem yet. Last two are for Calcium, but I like the Reef Plus for the other trace elements...My calcium stays at 410-460 and my alkalinty is stable at 3.2. Oh, added benefit is amazingly fast coralline growth. My corals grow super fast now too; something that wasn't apparent at all before I started this routine a month ago.