Does calcium need to be stable

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Alk is the most important to keep stable in my opinion, everything else is more forgiving. The times ive lost a coral from a alk swing, its almost garenteed that one coral will at least suffer from a alk swing. Especially SPS corals. Softies and LPS are quite forgiving of everything most the time.

This is just my experience, hope this helps!

Auto doser was the best investment, took daily testing to chime in, but reef is balanced now and seeing better results.
 
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Alk is the most important to keep stable in my opinion, everything else is more forgiving. The times ive lost a coral from a alk swing, its almost garenteed that one coral will at least suffer from a alk swing. Especially SPS corals. Softies and LPS are quite forgiving of everything most the time.

This is just my experience, hope this helps!

Auto doser was the best investment, took daily testing to chime in, but reef is balanced now and seeing better results.
I currently only have soft corals, should I get dosing equipment
 
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I currently can’t take a picture but I don’t think it’s anything abnormal
Have you got an automatic top off? What’s your pH? How much Alkalinity does it consume? I dosed a weak kalkwasser solution in my softy tank for years to address all the above. Then as you get more and more coralline growing, just increase the potency as it uses more and more alkalinity.
 
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I currently only have soft corals, should I get dosing equipment
I would only worry about a auto doser once you actually need to dose anything. You will know as either water changes wont be enough or if you want to stretch out your water changes. There is a bit to mastering a balance, it takes a bit of time to find it and lots of testing at the beginning

The short answer is you probably dont need to stress as much about water chemistry with softies
 
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I would only worry about a auto doser once you actually need to dose anything. You will know as either water changes wont be enough or if you want to stretch out your water changes. There is a bit to mastering a balance, it takes a bit of time to find it and lots of testing at the beginning

The short answer is you probably dont need to stress as much about water chemistry with softies
Okay thanks
 
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Have you got an automatic top off? What’s your pH? How much Alkalinity does it consume? I dosed a weak kalkwasser solution in my softy tank for years to address all the above. Then as you get more and more coralline growing, just increase the potency as it uses more and more alkalinity.
I do have an auto top off, my ph is 8.2 and I’m not sure how much all my tank consumes
 
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So if I’m not dosing everything will be fine? I am currently raising my salinity

Yes, if alk dosing is not needed, then there's typically no need to even bother measuring calcium and magnesium.
 
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I hope this helps.
 

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