Q & A

MICROELEMENTS

How can I boost my corals colouration? Can I do this using Component ABC?

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.

Microelements concentration from the least concentrated product: Component A, B, C < Components Strong < Fluorine, Iodine, Strontium, Micro E

Since it’s easy to overdose, it’s important to monitor microelements levels. That’s why we created products containing less concentraed microelements. Firstly – they’re safer to use by novice auqarists, secondly – they work perfect for less demanding aquariums, where the consumption is lower.

Corals supplementation is also extremely important in boosting colors. Including ABEV (Amino Mix, Build, Energy, Vitality) supplements into your tank routine will give you a noticeable effect. In systems with strong filtration it’s necessary to provide more nutrients into the tank. Hungry corals get pale and colorless, so we need to extra feed them.

If your corals lose their colouration and start browning it may be a sign of too high levels of nitrate in phosphate. We recommend performing water tests and using one of our NO3 & PO4 reducers like NitraPhos Minus or – in case of tank run on Aquaforest Probiotic Method – -NP Pro and Pro Bio S.

The recommended microelement levels:

Fluorine: 13 mgl/l (ppm)

Strontium: 5-15 mg/l(ppm)

Potassium: 360-380 mg/l (ppm)

Iron: 0,006– 0,012 mg/l (ppm)

Iodine: 0.06 mg/l (ppm)

 

 

Is it true that Component A will colour up the reds of SPS corals?

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

 

What colour does Component B color up ?

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

 

Will Component C color up the blues of SPS  corals?

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

 

I dose Iodum and Strontium as recommended (1 drop/100 litres of water) but I can’t get the levels up to minimum. What do you recommend?

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.  

 

Should I dose Iodum, Kalium, Iron, Fluorine and Micro E with lights off or on?

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.

 

Can we purchase Components Strong separately?

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

 

If I use Micro E, do I need to buy Componet B or it’s the same?

Micro E contains the same elements as Component B, although Micro E has higher concentration. If your aquarium’s consumption is high enough, you should just keep on dosing Micro E.

 

What do you think about dosing micro e in reef tank? It contains copper which is toxic for inverts…

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.

 

I am adding 123 and Amino Mix, Vitality, Energy, Build and Phyto Mix every other day. My NO3 and PO4 are both undetectable. I have noticed my green acropora is becoming pale. Should I add Iron too? Or Micro-e? Should I increase Phyto Mix or add additives during day (as it seems my corals are closed at night).

It all depends on your water parameters, definitely you shouldn’t overfeed your corals and adjust the dosage to the current coral cast. It’s good that the nutrients are within range. You’re right that iron will boost green coloration. This product is highly concentrated, so if you’re not sure about the iron consumption in your tank or have never dosed microelements you can start with Micro E and observe your corals.

 

Recently I’ve checked my potassium levels and it’s 370. Should I raise the level by dosing Kalium? How much should I add to raise potassium to 400?
1 ml of Kalium (15 drops) will rise potassium level by 1,8 ppm in 100 l of water. You should adjust the dose according to your aquarium size and coral cast. Although, the recommended level of potassium in the reef aquarium is 360-380 mg/l.

When using a calcium reactor, is there any need to dose anything like Component 1+, 2+, 3+?
If you are dosing Ca and KH from calcium reactor you don’t need Component 1+, 2+, 3+ (which also contains these macroelements). Although, you can dose Component ABC which contains microelements.

 

PROBIOTICS & NITRIFICATION

Will Pro Bio S and -NP Pro reduce nitrate if phosphate level is 0.03 ppm?

Pro Bio S and -NP Pro combined together create a powerful combination for lowering both nutrients levels. You should dose them carefully and regularly monitor nitrate and phosphate levels, otherwise you may end up with reducing both parameters to 0.

 

What dosing schedule should I keep with Pro Bio S and -NP Pro?

It’s good to dose it at the same time of the day.

 

Can I use -NP Pro and Pro Bio S together with NitraPhos Minus?

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.

 

After setting up a new aquarium I have lots of Bio S left. What do I do with it?

Bio S is perfect not only for starting nitrification process in new aquariums, but also for replenishment of bacterial strains in matured aquariums. Use it during water changes. In matured aquariums, it accelerates the decomposition of food residues, as well as other organic compounds and sediments.

 

Can I mix up Probiotic Reef Salt and leave it in a container with a heater and pump for later use?

We recommend to use Probiotic Reef Salt after 15-30min of mixing but not more then 24 h. After this 24 h probiotic bacteria will die. It will not harm your tank but you will lose benefits coming for using this salt.

 

What is the difference between the Probiotic Reef Salt and the Reef Salt?

Reef Salt – Fully synthetic marine salt for SPS and LPS Corals

Probiotic Reef Salt – Fully synthetic marine salt for SPS and LPS Corals – contains probiotic bacteria, culture medium for them, amino acids and vitamins. We recommend to use saltwater immediately after dissolved. Maximum time of store fresh saltwater is 24 h.

 

I still use Pro Bio S when using Probiotic Reef Salt is it correct?

Yes.

 

Should I turn off the skimmer while dosing Pro Bio S and -NP Pro?

There’s no such need.

 

Is it a must to use Life Bio Fil and Phosphate Minus when starting up? Can I use Bio S, Pro Bio S and -NP Pro?

It is not a must. Much depends on the nutrients locked up in the sand and rocks. Using just the biological products will take a couple of weeks to start working. You should consider media for the bacteria to grow in and on like Life Bio Fil. If there is a lot of nutrients in the rock and sand it’s better to start with Phosphate Minus as well.

 

I’m having issues with high nitrates and low phosphate, starting to have hair algae, phosphate 0.00, nitrate 60. I’m new to Aquaforest and I was thinking about trying the -NP Pro and the Bio S. Is this a good choice?

Pro Bio S and -NP Pro are bacteria and carbon source. Since you’re dealing with nitrate and phosphate imbalance Life Bio Fil and/or Zeo Mix would be a better choice. Life Bio Fil has bacteria preloaded for nitrogen waste and Zeo Mix removes ammonia before it becomes nitrate.

 

Is there relationship between nutrition level and colour of corals, especially SPS?

SPS colours are influenced by a number of things. Lower nutrients promote better colours when higher nutrients lead to a thicker skin which dulls colours. Parameters close to NSW are better for colours than higher values. Corals colours also are influenced by trace elements: iron for green, iodine for blue, potassium and boron for reds and orange.