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    Default Iodine supplement

    Just curious to see how many reefers dose this to their reefs.?

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    Yup, heavy skimming accompanied by a heavy sps bioload leaves my tank at zero within days if I do not supplement. They say to be careful which I agree with, but I have also seen triton reports with guys accidentally running their tanks at 0.09 so Im not to concerned about overdosing anymore.

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    I dose three drops a day in my 650L tank and try to keep it in range of 0.03-0.06
    I personally would advise to test on a regular basis as overdosing Will poison all your fish which I actually did a couple of years ago i'm lost over 42 fish but did not harm any corals So was a lesson learned the hard way for not regular testing. Also 0.09 you're starting to go into the danger zone based on my D&D test kit.


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    Which test kit do you us for this?

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    I dosed lugol's weekly in SPS tanks and then switched to Salifert Natural Iodine because it has both iodide and iodate.

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    Is it a waste of time and money? Bc mostly the shrimps are benefit from it and very little to nothing for corals as supposed iodine is replenish when doing water change Maybe soft corals.

    Do you guys see any positive respond after you dosed for awhile?

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    Just test for it. I didn't and over a 6 month period of 2 drops a day, ended up with extremely high levels on my triton test, a 690. I didn't lose anything but I think that was due to it slowly raising over a extended period of time.

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    If you're doing weekly water changes you won't need it but if you go lang periods of time between WC you will have to dose. up until recently Ive dosed it with out a test kit since I started this hobby 16 years ago.

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    I disagree with the statement that water changes are adequate enough to replace iodine. If your tank is using enough iodine to need to be replaced which is likely because skimming removes iodine, then you need to dose. If you test freshly mixed water it will be at 0.06 which is where you want it to be. If your tank is deficient then your WC water would need to be at least 0.09 to replace the missing element. 0.09 is in the danger zone. I personally have a heavy stocked sps tank and cannot keep up with my iodine drop When I realized my iodine tabs needed replaced I was at 0. It has taken me 3 weeks to even get to 0.02. My new tank will have Iodine on a doser. Those tabs are pricey

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    how much WC you do weekly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrtian97 View Post
    how much WC you do weekly?
    About 20 percent every 2 weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrtian97 View Post
    how much WC you do weekly?
    About 20 percent every 2 weeks

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    Iodine supplementation is a fascinating topic. There are those that have done if for years and then stopped (Randy Holmes-Farley) and have seen no change. Others have started dosing and seem to state almost immediate positive response.

    Seems that those that test find that it rapidly is consumed which would make one think that supplementation makes sense. But I don't know how good (accurate and reliable) Iodine test kits are.

    Additionally, it seems you want Iodide or Iodate but not iodine. I have no idea which the test kits actually test for. Yet, Biggles Juice seems to advocate Brightwells Lugol which I believe is Iodine. So the bottomline for me, I am totally confused as to what to dose and what to test for and lastly if it makes a difference. I would like to understand it much better to be able to make sense out of it all.

 

 

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