New tank, dosing TM All-for-Reef and testing?

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Hi everyone, I have a new tank that is finished cycling without any coral yet. As a short term plan, is it probably fine to rely on water changes only for Alk/Ca/Mg needs? When would you consider enough coral density/maturity to necessitate test kits? I'd like to get a Hana Alk colorimeter.

I'll eventually buy a doser and dose TM all-for-reef, can I dose this without testing for Ca/Mg and base my measurements off of Alk? I know I need to eventually buy all three tests but can I get by with just Alk to make the initial investment a bit less expensive? Thanks for all the advice!
 
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Hi everyone, I have a new tank that is finished cycling without any coral yet. As a short term plan, is it probably fine to rely on water changes only for Alk/Ca/Mg needs? When would you consider enough coral density/maturity to necessitate test kits? I'd like to get a Hana Alk colorimeter.

I'll eventually buy a doser and dose TM all-for-reef, can I dose this without testing for Ca/Mg and base my measurements off of Alk? I know I need to eventually buy all three tests but can I get by with just Alk to make the initial investment a bit less expensive? Thanks for all the advice!
My personal experience with all for reef is my mag and cal stay perfectly flat if my alk is on. I test those 2 once a month or less and ZERO fluctuation. Your results may vary :)
 

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If your tank is over 60gal you might want to look at TM Carbocalcium powder. You mix it yourself with R/O. I put it in the all for reef bottles for easy measuring. More cost effective and does the same thing. And yes if my alk is inline my calcium and magnesium are usually good.
 
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If your tank is over 60gal you might want to look at TM Carbocalcium powder. You mix it yourself with R/O. I put it in the all for reef bottles for easy measuring. More cost effective and does the same thing. And yes if my alk is inline my calcium and magnesium are usually good.
My aquarium is only 14g so I’m not too worried about the costs of All-for-reef thankfully. If it is adequate for maintaining consistent Alk/Mg/Ca parameters in a single dosing solution, I’m sold!
 

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