Have you ever spent hours researching what is the best dosing system for a reef aquarium to bring out the best color and growth in your corals? With the amount of information available, making an educated decision can be overwhelming. What if I told you that we have an all in one safe and simple dosing solution for your tank that will provide your tank with 28 major, minor and trace elements?
In this article we will explain to you the benefits of using ATI Essential Pro and why using our dosing system will benefit your corals and take the guesswork out of your dosing routine. We will also provide information for safely converting your tank from its current dosing regimen over to Essentials Pro.
How is ATI Essentials Pro different from other dosing methods?
Like many other products, ATI Essentials Pro is a 2-part dosing system, however unlike most other products that are made up of just calcium and alkalinity, ATI Essentials Pro also contains balanced levels of 26 other minor and trace elements to help boost coral color and growth.
Will switching from my current method of dosing stress my corals?
Absolutely not. As long as you test your water frequently during the transition to ensure a stable environment, your corals should remain happy and healthy.
What to do when switching from traditional 2-part?
Since ATI Essentials Pro is also a 2-part dosing system switching is easy. Simply calculate the dose of ATI Essentials Pro for your size tank and dose away. There is no need to continue using your old dosing product. Please visit our Dosing Calculator for more information.
What to do when switching from Kalkawasser?
When switching from kalkwasser, your tank will need to be weaned off of the kalkwasser while adding the ATI Essentials Pro. To do so, gradually reduce the amount of kalkwasser added to your water and begin adding the minimum amount of ATI Essentials Pro to your reef tank gradually increasing the amount daily while at the same time reducing the amount of kalkwasser. This transition should be done over the period of 2 weeks. Continue until kalkwasser is no longer added and Essentials Pro is at the full dosage needed to keep levels stable.
How to mix Essentials Pro?
Essentials Pro can be used straight from the bottle or it can be diluted. We recommend diluting Essentials Pro to prevent the chance of overdosing your tank. In a clean dosing container mix Essentials Pro #1 and RO-DI water in a 4:1 ratio with 1 part being Essentials Pro and 4 parts being RO-DI. Mix well. Repeat for Essentials Pro #2. For the 2L size of Essentials Pro you will need two containers that can hold at least 3 gallons each.
How much and how often do I dose?
Prior to starting Essentials Pro, test your alkalinity (KH) and make sure it falls between 7.0 and 8.0.
To calculate your initial daily dosage, visit www.doseati.com. Part #1 and Part #2 will be dosed in equal proportions. The daily dosage amount will depend on your tank’s size and what types of corals are in your tank. To calculate the proper dosage, please visit our Dosing Calculator here.
Divide your daily dose by 12 and dose that amount every hour on the hour alternating between Essentials Part 1 on the odd hours and Essentials Part 2 on the even hours.
How often should calcium and alkalinity levels be tested?
After dosing for 24 hours, test alkalinity and calcium levels to make sure both levels remain stable. Testing must be done at the same time each day. If KH levels decrease by 0.3 or more, then your current dosage needs to be increased. If on the other hand, your KH levels increase by 0.3 or more, then your current dosage needs to be decreased. To calculate your adjusted daily dosage, visit www.doseati.com.
Once alkalinity and calcium levels are stable then testing should be done 1-2 times per week. It is also recommended to use an ATI ICP water analysis at least once every 3 months to assure that all trace elements are within proper ranges.
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Switching to ATI Essentials Pro compared to traditional 2-part products will simplify your dosing routine. Having trace and minor elements easily dosed in small amounts daily will give your corals what they need to thrive and will also reduce the need for weekly water changes as long as nutrient levels are not an issue in your tank. The end result is improved coral growth and coloration.