Potassium is a major element in sea water at a similar concentration as calcium, at a level of 380 ?410 mg/liter. K-Balance contains multiple potassium salts as well as two additional available elements in highly concentrated form. Our tests in several tanks with a known potassium deficiency have shown the benefits within days of dosing, resulting in improved coloration and growth throughout the tank.
Potassium deficiency can be diagnosed in different animals as follows: Montipora, especially plating types, display slower growth and appear washed out to grey. Latent potassium deficiency may also lead to tissue loss, spreading from one or more spots. Stylophora and Pocillopora appear as if they have been exposed to air for a long period of time. Polyps are completely withdrawn and colors are light and without depth. Seriatopora may completely loose all tissue, starting from the base, within only a few days. The pink coloration may turn into a light brown. Acropora may loose their color and get lighter and pale. Growth stops completely. If the potassium deficiency continues tissue is lost, mostly starting from the base. Tubinaria Reniformis stops growth completely and withers away.
Each of the dosing amounts of these products depends primarily on the amount of animals in your tank. The recommended amounts and intervals are based on average well-stocked tanks. One hundred percent of all of these elements will be taken up and used by the corals. The more animals in the tank, the more amounts you should dose to make all elements available at all times. We strongly recommend adjusting the dosing regimen based on your corals. Please keep in mind that all of our products are highly concentrated and therefore require care when dosing.
We hope we were able to give you a good idea on each of the products with the above points. The difference between positive and negative effects is small and it is the job of each user to determine the correct dosing amount based on the corals' reaction. Many times, people make the mistake of increasing the dosing amount when coral colors turn pale. However, the opposite would be the correct measure to bring colors back to normal.
1 ml per 25 gallons daily until above mentioned symptoms disappear and growth resumes. Dosing can be continued at a rate of 0.2 ml per 25 gallons daily. Excessive dosing may lead to increased algae growth and is an indicator that the potassium levels are sufficient. Algae growth returns to normal 2 -3 days after stopping dosing.
WARNING: Only dose as recommended. This supplement is highly concentrated and excessive dosing can lead to death (burning) of the growth tips.
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