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I’ve used and can’t say if it has any effect or not.
Corals are happy
 

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I’ve used and can’t say if it has any effect or not.
Corals are happy
So I am doing some online research on this (All For Reef) myself to see if this is a better set-up than having all three (ALK, CA & MAG) in my new nano set-up....what are some of the benefits of the AFR, are the ALK, CA & MAG stable...what are your levels? I am curious...
 

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So I am doing some online research on this (All For Reef) myself to see if this is a better set-up than having all three (ALK, CA & MAG) in my new nano set-up....what are some of the benefits of the AFR, are the ALK, CA & MAG stable...what are your levels? I am curious...
benefits are combined 3 essentials for corals at low concentration.
 
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What do you mean by "low concentration"?
For me, it’s when you use a product according to recommended m/l without overdosing. I’ve had it where before automatic dosers , ESV and Red Sea WERE DOSED according to bottle and mainly alk and ca became elevated
 

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For me, it’s when you use a product according to recommended m/l without overdosing. I’ve had it where before automatic dosers , ESV and Red Sea WERE DOSED according to bottle and mainly alk and ca became elevated

That isn't making sense to me, but in general, NO calcium and alk method should be dosed in mL per day. One always needs to determine what dose is appropriate.
 

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That isn't making sense to me, but in general, NO calcium and alk method should be dosed in mL per day. One always needs to determine what dose is appropriate.
I agree and here is ESV AS AN EXAMPLE:
For alk, to help maintain the ionic balance of the aquarium water. The recommended starting dose is 1 mL of each component per 4 gallons of aquarium capacity per day. Test calcium and alkalinity frequently until the correct dosing amount is achieved to keep both elements stable from day to day
 

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I agree and here is ESV AS AN EXAMPLE:
For alk, to help maintain the ionic balance of the aquarium water. The recommended starting dose is 1 mL of each component per 4 gallons of aquarium capacity per day. Test calcium and alkalinity frequently until the correct dosing amount is achieved to keep both elements stable from day to day

Those directions seem fine to me. :)
 

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Those directions seem fine to me. :)
So are you pro or against the All-In_One type formula? I went to a LFS and ask about it (ALL FOR Reef) from Tropic Marin and the vendor almost had a heart attack when I told him I was looking into switching from the 3 part dosing to one part; mentioning (unbalance is tracing elements, calcium, etc.) I am really curious about this
 
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So are you pro or against the All-In_One type formula? I went to a LFS and ask about it (ALL FOR Reef) from Tropic Marin and the vendor almost had a heart attack when I told him I was looking into switching from the 3 part dosing to one part; mentioning (unbalance is tracing elements, calcium, etc.) I am really curious about this

All in one types of products are fine. Their primary advantage is only one thing to dose.

Primary disadvantages involve determining doses when alk does not show up right away, cost, poorer pH control, and the fixed ratio of alk to calcium that may require additional products to precisely maintain your target parameters.

Products containing acetate also have more O2 and organic carbon dosing impacts to be worried about. Formate products, less so.
 

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All in one types of products are fine. Their primary advantage is only one thing to dose.

Primary disadvantages involve determining doses when alk does not show up right away, cost, poorer pH control, and the fixed ratio of alk to calcium that may require additional products to precisely maintain your target parameters.

Products containing acetate also have more O2 and organic carbon dosing impacts to be worried about. Formate products, less so.
Thank you... :D Ok...Wow...that is a lot to understand and YES I am looking up what "Formate" is...lol
 

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