Supplements for single elements
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The Reef System methods allow a continuous restoration of all the elements but if a more marked consumption of a single element is found through the analysis of Aquatic Lab, it will be possible to add it in a targeted manner, going to restore the balance and meet the needs of the animals.
In addition, thanks to the purity of the products, we were the first in the world to introduce pesonalized water for changes. In the event that an excess of one or more elements is found, these products can be used together with the ReBalance salt, following the instructions of Aquatic Lab, to recreate a customized water in order to make corrections.
In addition to the instructions provided by Aquatic Lab, it is possible to independently calculate the quantity of product to be used through the use of simple software
The macro elements are the main constituents of sea water and are the ones that most influence the salinity andt the well-being of corals. Very often, imbalances in the parameters of these elements lead to problems such as stop in growth, the appearance of cyanobacteria and in the worst cases coral death.
The macro elements include Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Sulfur.
Another parameter that is fundamental like the macro elements is KH, otherwise called carbonate hardness or alkalinity. Various biological processes at the basis of coral growth depend in the same way on it. It's the parameter that can have the most variability in the tank and it is the one that needs to be controlled more often.
It's important to always measure the salinity in the correct way and carry out tests to verify that all these elements are within the right values, especially Calcium, KH and Magnesium.
Calcium is a highly concentrated liquid calcium-based blend. It rapidly increases the calcium concentration in reef aquariums and supplies one of the basic elements required for the growth of reef-building corals.
Calcium is formulated using high purity calcium salts and is free from gluconates, chelating agents and pollutants.
Due to its purity, its prolonged use will not negatively affect water quality.
Specific additive for sea water produced with extremely pure calcium salts. The use of Fast Calcium can rapidly increase the calcium level up to the natural level in reef aquaria.
Carbonates is a highly concentrated liquid carbonate/bicarbonate blend. It rapidly increases the KH levels in reef aquariums and supplies one of the basic elements required for the growth of reef-building corals.
Carbonates is formulated using high purity carbonate and bicarbonate compounds, and is boron, potassium and pollutant free.
Due to its purity, its prolonged use will not negatively affect water quality and will not modify the boron and potassium equilibrium.
Specific additive for seawater. The use of KH Buffer allows the increase and maintenance of natural levels of KH in reef aquaria. The right level of KH contrast changes of pH and stabilizes it to the value of natural seawater.
Magnesium is a highly concentrated solution based on magnesium, with a concentration of 120000ppm.
Rapidly increases the concentration of magnesium with a balanced formula that brings all forms present in seawater and provides one of the most important elements for the growth of reef building corals.
For its preparation, only very pure magnesium salts are used, without gluconates, chelating agents and without pollutants such as ammonium.
Magnesium is normally consumed by many organisms using it for their skeleton and for carrying out metabolic functions. It is also of primary importance for the role it has on the balance of calcium and alkalinity. Sea water, and therefore that of aquariums, is always supersaturated with calcium carbonate. This means that the level of calcium and carbonates are perpetually higher than the value that water could keep in balance. Thanks to Magnesium, when the carbonate begins to precipitate, it binds to the surface of the growing calcium carbonate crystal, effectively preventing any further deposits and blocking precipitation. So we understand how, in order to avoid many (apparently inexplicable) problems of balancing calcium and carbonates, it is necessary to keep magnesium at natural values.
Specific additive for sea water prepared with extremely pure magnesium salts. The use of MG Powder can rapidly increase the level of magnesium in reef aquaria. The correct amount of magnesium in sea water is also essential to maintain the proper calcium and KH values, promote coral growth and help create the optimal conditions for the life of all aquatic organisms.
Potassium is a highly concentrated potassium-based solution with a concentration of 85,000 ppm.
It rapidly increases the potassium concentration in reef aquariums and provides one of the most important elements for the growth of reef building corals.
It is involved in many cell key processes in coral and zooxanthellae and can stimulate the synthesis of chromoproteins. For its preparation, only very pure potassium salts are used, without chelating agents and without pollutants.
Potassium, together with Magnesium and Calcium, is one of the main constituent elements of sea water.
Laboratory tests have shown that maintaining the right level of potassium benefits the growth and coloring of hard corals, while a deficiency affects them negatively. With the right amount, the branches appear larger and more robust, the colors more intense. The extroflexion of the polyps is greater. Potassium is related to red chromoproteins and to various metabolic processes in coral that affect the transport of nutrients.
With the new ICP measurement systems it has been found that, in many tanks, the sulfur level (sulfates) is very low.
Sulfur allows to restore the sulfur value to the natural levels and to ionically rebalance the aquarium water.
A low sulfur value could lead to an important ion imbalance with consequent discomfort of the host organisms.
Specific additive for sea water. The use of pH Balance allows the increment and the maintenance of pH in reef aquariums. The correct value of pH, maintained at 8 to 8.3, allows to have a stable equilibrium, a faster coral growth and to fight the onset of cyanobacteria and algae undesired. Dissolve in fresh water before dosing in the tank, in a point with strong current, possibly to the output of a pump and measure the pH after a few hours. Measure the KH to ensure it is in a range of 7-12.3d view
Micro elements are present in lower concentrations than macro elements but their biological importance is decidedly high.
The micro elements include Boron, Strontium, Iodine, Iron and Fluorine.
Both some vital functions and the intensity of the colors depend on these elements.
Boron is the best way to replenish boron in the marine aquarium. It benefits the pH by increasing the buffering capacity. Where this element is lacking, it stimulates the formation of chromoproteins responsible for coral pigmentation, especially the red and pink colors.
Boron is an important element in sea water and is slowly consumed. It benefits the pH stability as it helps to provide buffering capacity, preventing large swings. Thanks to this, it also plays an important role inside the coral, facilitating the application of calcium carbonate for skeletal growth.
Furthermore, in aquariums where this element is lacking, it stimulates the formation of chromoproteins responsible for the pigmentation of corals. It is also found inside the skeleton.
Strontium is a highly concentrated solution based on strontium, with a concentration of 31,000 ppm.
Strontium is indispensable for successfully breeding beautiful calcareous algae. In the absence of this element, their growth is very slow. Many studies also show how strontium positively influences the growth of hard corals, highlighting its integration within the skeleton and, if kept at natural values, a faster growth rate of corals and invertebrates has been observed. Where this element is kept at natural values, the corals appear healthier and with less fragile branches.
Strontium also replenishes a very small part of Barium. Barium is another important element present in sea water in very low concentrations (0.0062 mg/l). It is used by planktonic microalgae that feed the microfauna, is used by molluscs and is found inside the shell. It is also present within the coral skeleton. Low concentrations of barium inhibit the growth of Nitrobacter Agilis, one of the most common nitrifying aerobic bacteria.
Iodine is the best way to replenish iodine in saltwater aquariums. It rapidly increases the iodine concentration in reef aquariums and provides a fundamental element for the entire aquarium population. Iodine is involved in key processes of all fish, invertebrates and corals. Its consumption is determined not only by biological processes but also by the activity of the skimmer, by activated carbon and it is also an extremely volatile element, so it is quickly consumed. It is very important to replenish it and keep it at natural levels.
The addition of iodine, where this is lacking, also increases the blue and purple color of the acropora.
It is demonstrated that iodine is used by many soft corals such as the beautiful Xenia, by many species of Gorgonia, by crustaceans such as Lysmata shrimps, by many species of sponges and by a very high quantity of other organisms to carry out biological functions of primary importance.
It is also very useful for the maintenance of macro algae raised in refugiums. Unfortunately, Iodine is an element that degrades very quickly, due to the highly oxidizing environment in which it is found. It is therefore important to add it constantly to ensure a correct dose of iodine that is always available for the biological needs of the organisms that use it.
The chelated formulation of Iodine makes it stable and available for a longer time.
Iron is the best solution for supplementing iron in reef aquariums.
It rapidly increases the iron concentration in reef aquariums and provides a fundamental element for the entire aquarium population. It intensifies the green color and is a basic element for bacterial metabolism.
Iron is a critical element in photosynthesis and is used by the Zooxanthellae to transform carbon dioxide into glucose and oxygen. Glucose is then used by corals as a primary source of energy to grow. Iron is also used by phytoplankton and, if deficient, it limits its growth. Phytoplankton, in addition to nourishing a number of other useful microorganisms, is an excellent user of Nitrogen and Phosphorus and helps to keep these values as low as in the natural habitat of hard corals. Iron, like other elements, is very easily oxidized and becomes easily deficient in aquarium water. A continued dosage of Iron allows Fe++ and Fe+++ to be introduced in slow-release chelated form to facilitate their absorption by aquarium animals.
Although it is an indispensable element for all life cycles, this product should not be overdosed at all as it can lead to the formation of algae.
The use of Fluorine allows to add a source of fluorine. With optimal water conditions, Fluorine accentuates coral colors making them more brillinat and intense.
It is also found bounded in the skeleton of the corals with a percentage of 2-4% and acts as hardener, making it stronger.
It slightly acts also as Zooxanthellae regulator.
The best results are obtained when the level of iodine is next to the natural value too.
Trace elements are those present in minimal concentrations in sea water. Even in very low concentrations, these elements are very important for coral coloring.
We have selected the elements that, in our experience, are the useful ones. These include Lithium, Molybdenum, Manganese and Zinc.
Bromine would not really be a trace element, given that it is very abundant in sea water and should be counted among the macro elements, but its consumption is not so marked and its importance has only recently emerged.
Bromine is present in water with a concentration of 65 ppm. It therefore falls into the category of most abundant elements, much more than strontium and boron. Modern measuring instruments (ICP-OES) have demonstrated how this element is used by animals in the aquarium, and the need to replenish.
The special formulation of this supplement makes it perfect to maintain the right value of this important element.
Lithium is a very important element for the well-being and colouration of corals. If present in smaller quantities than in natural environement, it should be replenished.
Molybdenum is a very important element for the well-being and colouration of corals. If present in smaller quantities than in natural environement, it should be replenished.
Manganese is a very important element for the well-being and colouration of corals. If present in smaller quantities than in natural environement, it should be replenished.
Zinc is a very important element for the well-being and colouration of corals. If present in smaller quantities than in natural environement, it should be replenished.3d view
It can happen that some elements accumulate, sometimes to the point of becoming dangerous.
An Aquatic Lab analysis, thanks to its intelligent and advanced software, is able to give all the indications to restore the correct values with the minimum possible water change.
It is also possible to carry out a rebalancing by entering all the data in the appropriate program below
ReBalance is a very pure Sodium Chloride which must be used according to the instructions via the Balance software or those provided in the results of the Aquatic Lab ICP analysis.3d view
Calcium - Carbonates - Magnesium - Potassium - Boron - Strontium - Iodine - Iron - Fluorine
Fast Calcium - KH Buffer - Mg Powder - pH Balance - Sulphur
Bromine - Lithyum - Molybdenum - Manganese - Zinc