Many people consider the reef tank’s water parameters to be the single most important factor, and they’re not wrong. Some of the most crucial water features that need to be maintained precisely are as follows: When you get the hang of testing and adjusting the water parameters in your reef tank, you will surely start to feel like a scientist. This is a promise we can keep to you.
It’s important to have an aquarium ready for corals before introducing any to it. I’ve answered a few key questions that need to be understood before you add your first coral:
- A cycled tank necessary for corals?
- When a reef tank has been created for some time, coral should be introduced.
- Is it possible to have too many corals in the tank at once?
- How quickly can coral frags establish new colonies when placed in a reef aquarium?
- To what extent may coral growth be hastened?
If you haven’t been dozing off in your chemistry lectures, you should know what alkalinity is. Alludes to the bicarbonate concentration in the water. There are two reasons why this is crucial. Two reasons: one, it affects pH directly, and second, the coral skeleton is comprised of bicarbonate. In order to ensure your corals thrive, it is crucial to keep the bicarbonate levels in the ideal range. It is recommended that the hardness of carbonate be between 8 and 12 dKH. The millepora acropora corals are perfect here.
The word “salinity” is used to describe the amount of salt in the water
If you’re going to be making your own saltwater, it’s important to know how much salt should be used. Ready-made saltwater requires careful maintenance to maintain the correct concentration. The density of the water and the path of light rays through the water are both affected by the concentration of salt in the water.
Specific gravity may be used as a measure of how much the salinity of water influences its density. Specific gravities between 1.024 and 1.025 are often considered superior. The amount of salt in the water may be measured using a salinity refractometer like the one shown above.
The coral skeleton forms in large part due to the coral’s calcium content. They get their calcium from the seawater they consume while living in the deep sea. When growing plants in the comfort of your own home, you are entirely responsible for their upkeep. Concentrations of calcium between 350 and 400 ppm are considered to be ideal. If you want to grow LPS or SPS corals, you’ll need to replenish your reef tank with calcium.