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Water chemistry & additives

Components Strong are dedicated for users who mix their own Component 1+ 2+ 3+. Since they should be dosed in equal amounts, it’s not possible to buy it separately.

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It is a common misconception among reefers that administering NaCl free salt is primarily supposed to replenish trace elements. The main task of Sodium Chloride free salt is to maintain ionic balance of aquarium water. NaCl free salt is one of the most important components of the Balling method, and it plays a significant role when Calcium Chloride and Sodium Bicarbonate supplementation is in place. The use of NaCl free salt is not so common any more, and application of the Balling method is often limited to 2 or sometimes 3 of its main components. This approach will probably not cause any problems for several weeks or even months, but in the meantime the chemical reactions that take place in the marine aquarium will lead to a deficit of trace elements.

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Yes, it’s possible to make stronger solutions of Calcium and Magnesium. In order to keep it safe, we recommend preparing doses maxiumum 2 or 3 times stronger. Solution of higher concentration may clog the pump. KH Buffer is a saturated solution, therefore you can’t get higher concentration.

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Reef Mineral Salt is required to use with calcium chloride and sodium bicarbonate. If you are running calcium reactor there is no need to use Reef Mineral Salt.

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We recommend to keep KH levels between 6,5-8,0. Please, do not raise KH more than 1.0 dKH/day as it may be dangerous for aquatic life. Please have in mind, that your aquariums' inhabitants constantly consume KH, so in order to rise the level, you have to dose more than they consume. 

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You should base the dosage of Component 1+ 2+ 3+ on the element that is the least consumed. If the consumption of magnesium - Component 3+ is smaller than consumption of Ca and KH, you should base the dose on Magnesium. For example, if the consumption is 5 ml daily, you set it as base dose of Component 1+ 2+ 3+ and supplement the missing elements with Ca Plus and KH Plus.

Of course, still you need to remember about adding Components Strong as KH Plus doesn’t contain trace elements.

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Pro Bio S and -NP Pro are dedicated especially for Aquaforest Probiotic Method. We’re aware that not everyone uses full Probiotic Method, so, listening to our customers, we decided to create product that will be suitable for all kinds of tanks. NitraPhos Minus was designed to quickly remove from the high levels of nitrate and phosphate. You can use both products together, but nitrate and phosphate levels reduction will be very strong and you should carefully observe your aquarium.

Probiotics and Nitrification

Pro Bio S and -NP Pro are dedicated especially for Aquaforest Probiotic Method. We’re aware that not everyone uses full Probiotic Method, so, listening to our customers, we decided to create product that will be suitable for all kinds of tanks. NitraPhos Minus was designed to quickly remove from the high levels of nitrate and phosphate. You can use both products together, but nitrate and phosphate levels reduction will be very strong and you should carefully observe your aquarium.

Microelements

These two are completely different products. Component A Strong is a part of Components Strong set which is dedicated for preparing your own Component 1+2+3+. Component A is a microelements supplement advised especially for use with calcium reactors. Both of the products contain different amounts of various microelements. 

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Copper content in our products is very low and completely safe for aquatic life. Presence of copper in our products’ composition is determined  by natural environment – copper content in natural sea water is low (0.0009 ppm) but noticeable.

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Components Strong are dedicated for users who mix their own Component 1+ 2+ 3+. Since they should be dosed in equal amounts, it’s not possible to buy it separately.

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Iodine and Fluorine are halides and as such they are reactive and broken down in strong light. As a precaution you can dose them after lights out. For all the other elements it makes no difference.

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You should try to slowly increase the dosage of both elements and monitor water parameters. Be careful though, it’s very easy to overdose microelements while using a highly concentrated products. Moreover, iodine is a volatile element, so it needs constant supplementation even after reaching proper level of it. 

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Yes, Component C contains iodine and fluorine – that will boost blue colouration

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Component B contains heavy metals (cobalt, copper, chrome, manganese, vanadium, zinc, nickel, iron) – it will boost green colouration.

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Component A contains strontium and barium which saturate all the colors, reds including.

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There are many ways to colour corals. First thing is a proper microelements dosage and second one is corals supplementation.

If you use Component 1+2+3+ – it contains macro and microelements which are necessary for proper corals colouration. Though trace elements supplementation is important to get astonishing colouring of corals, overdosing may be dangerous to the tank. That’s why we prepared products of different concentrations, so that your reef is always safe with us.

If you make your own Component 1+2+3+ (using Calcium, Magnesium, KH Buffer and Reef Mineral Salt) you should use Components Strong as microelements completion. You can also use Components  ABC – it also comes in 200 ml bottles and in 2000 ml size which is perfect for dosing pumps. The difference between all the mentioned products is the concentration of microelements. For advanced users we recommend to dose selected microelements like: Iodum, Strontium, Fluorine, Kalium, Iron, Micro E.