MARINE POWER ADVANCED MAGNESIUM
MARINE POWER ADVANCED MAGNESIUM has been designed for self-preparation of concentrated solution of magnesium in marine aquarium. The product is intended mainly for larger tanks with dominance of stony SPS/LPS corals. In case of lower consumption of magnesium, we recommend using our ready-made supplement in the form of a liquid – MARINE POWER EASY MAGNESIUM.
The importance of magnesium in the aquarium
Magnesium is quantitatively the third, after sodium and chlorides, macro element of the seawater. Its presence significantly improves availability of calcium and strontium for the calcification of corals (SPS/LPS) and for many marine organisms, such as snails or mussels. Magnesium is also an important bio-element for marine organisms, because it participates in many metabolic processes.
The optimal level of Mg
The level of magnesium in coral seas is about 1280-1320 mg/l. In the majority of marine aquariums, the level of magnesium should be kept at a similar range and as constant as possible. Small deviations of 10-15% are not dangerous for the invertebrates in the aquarium, although they can stress the corals.
The use of MARINE POWER ADVANCED MAGNESIUM
In a healthy marine aquarium, the level of magnesium is constantly decreasing, mainly due to the calcification process. Although magnesium is not the main component of the coral skeleton, its ions are often built in the skeleton and for some species of corals, magnesium accounts for over 3% of the skeleton structure. In addition, magnesium prevents excessive precipitation of calcium carbonate. Decrease of the magnesium should be supplemented daily with MARINE POWER ADVANCED MAGNESIUM. Magnesium consumption depends on many factors, such as: water temperature, lighting, type of stocking in the aquarium and others, and its level requires regular checking. Therefore, Mg supplementation must be constantly controlled and adjusted to the needs of the aquarium. To determine the level of magnesium, we recommend MARINE POWER XACT TEST MAGNESIUM. With the test you can easily determine the current level of Mg and its loss, e.g. during the week.
Determining the average daily Mg consumption
If mainly stony corals are kept in the aquarium, the daily Mg consumption may be significant and may vary on a daily basis, therefore we recommend calculating average daily Mg consumption. To determine that, two measurements of Mg should be made with an interval of 4-5 days. It is important that both tests are made at about the same time of the day and that water changes (if done every week) are made at least 24 hours before or after the tests. This way, they will not affect the result. In a healthy aquarium the first Mg result should be higher than the second. Then we subtract the second result from the first, and divide the obtained value by the number of days (minus 1) between both tests.
Day 1: Mg = 1340 mg/l
Day 5: Mg = 1300 mg/l
Mg drop = 1340-1300 = 40/4 days = 10 mg/l per day
The result tells us, by how much the daily Mg supplementation should be increased. If the result equals 0, Mg supplementation is not required.
Please remember that Mg consumption will change with the growth of corals and other invertebrates in the aquarium. Therefore, this process should be repeated every couple of weeks.
Preparation and dosage
MARINE POWER ADVANCED MAGNESIUM is ideal for use in popular supplementation programs.
Preparation of 1 liter of preparation:
1. Using a kitchen scales, weigh 610 g of the powder.