Aquarium Fish

Saltwater Supplements

posted: 05/15/12

Q. What type of supplements do I need for a saltwater aquarium?

A. The inhabitants of almost any saltwater aquarium require supplements added to the water. The type of supplements depends upon the type of inhabitants.

The folks at Kent Marine recommend the following:

For Marine Aquariums Containing: Small or Large Polyp Stony Corals, Giant Clams, Leather Corals, Polyps, Mushroom Anemones

Supplement: Calcium

Benefit: Helps build skeleton

Supplement: Strontium

Benefit: Helps build skeleton

Supplement: Magnesium

Benefit: Helps prevent premature calcium precipitation

Supplement: Iodine

Benefit: Helps prevent damage due to excessive light exposure

Supplement: Buffer (Alkalinity)

Benefit: Helps build skeleton; buffers pH

Supplement: Trace Element

Benefit: Helps facilitate enzymatic and photosynthetic reactions

Supplement: Plankton Suspension

Benefit: Provides nutrients that are not produced by the target organism

Supplement: Vitamin

Benefit: Helps maintain health, color, and facilitates biological reactions

For Marine Aquariums Containing: Crustaceans and other Motile Invertebrates

Supplement: Calcium

Benefit: Helps build skeleton

Supplement: Magnesium

Benefit: Helps prevent premature calcium precipitation

For Marine Aquariums Containing: Crustaceans and other Motile Invertebrates (continued)

Supplement: Iodine

Benefit: A component of the animal's exoskeleton; aids in the molting process

Supplement: Buffer (Alkalinity)

Benefit: Buffers pH

Supplement: Trace Element

Benefit: Helps facilitate enzymatic reactions

Supplement: Vitamin

Benefit: Helps maintain health, color, and facilitates biological reactions

For Marine Aquariums Containing: Fish-Only

Supplement: Iodine

Benefit: Helps prevent health disorders such as goiter

Supplement: Buffer (Alkalinity)

Benefit: Buffers pH

Supplement: Trace Element

Benefit: Helps facilitate enzymatic reactions

Supplement: Vitamin

Benefit: Helps maintain health, color, and facilitates biological reactions

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