ICP Analysis

Discoveries with Iron

Discoveries with Iron

In the weekly tracking of our tanks' trace elements through ICP analysis, we've found some interesting results and subsequently, come up with some interesting suppositions regarding what we think is happening to cause these results. One of the most interesting, however, has been what has been occurring with the iron levels, and we wanted to share it with you. Some Iron Background Just as it is with human beings and other mammals, iron is also an important nutrient in coral growth and coloring. If you think about when a person is iron deficient, they are often more sluggish and tired,...

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A Brief Look at Iodine

A Brief Look at Iodine

Iodine is only one of the trace elements you will find in your water, but it plays a critical role in some of the biological processes of fish, invertebrates, and corals alike. It's one of the elements in the halogen group, along with chlorine and bromine. Due to the fact that iodine is found in water in 3 different forms (iodine, iodate, and iodide), testing for it can be tricky, but you can count on natural seawater having levels between .025 and .08ppm. There is a lot of controversy surrounding whether or not dosing your tank for iodine is useful...

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Third Tank Under Way

Third Tank Under Way

We now have our 3rd tank set up at the owner's home for regular ICP testing. For now, the two tanks from our last post will be functioning more as a baseline comparison to see what happens when you do not make any adjustments to your tank. This tank at the owner's home will be regularly dosed with calcium, magnesium, and trace elements according to the ICP test results to closely resemble the same water levels as that of the Pacific Ocean. Additionally, we will be doing regular measurements of the corals to see what kind of growth we get...

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Welcome!!

Welcome!!

Welcome to our first ICP blog post. We will be putting up new posts regularly with information about ICP analysis, what it can do for you, how to best care for your aquarium, and more. So be sure to check back regularly for the latest updates. To kick things off, we want to show you first hand how ICP analysis can help you take the best care possible of your aquariums. In order to do so, we will be regularly testing and treating four of our own coral tanks, regularly posting pictures and updates of each one for you to...

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