Iodine additive for marine reef aquarium
hw® iodtip stimulates and increases the growth, pigmentation characteristics, the resistance to diseases and negative environmental influences of all coral species and invertebrates in a marine reef aquarium.
hw® iodtip improves the ability of echinoderms (for example sea-urchins) to build up there exoskeleton and facilitate crustaceans (crabs, shrimps, etc.) the moulting process.
hw® iodtip help ease the process of acclimatization for corals to new or changed environmental condition (like changes of illumination or moving into a new tank) and substantially reduces the risk of coral tissue infections.
Natural marine water has a average iodine concentration of about 60 mg/l (all detectable iodine compounds included). This value corresponds a very simplified standard value for natural marine water from the offshore regions.
Due to the decomposition of algae in the costal reef regions, and the herewith ongoing release of the accumulated iodine in the algae, the iodine concentration in this locations is significantly higher.
Therefore it should be comprehensive why the organisms in reef regions are accustomed and partly very dependent of free accessible iodine compounds in their environment.
The element iodine
Iodine can be supplied on many different ways to the marine aquarium water, which unfortunately leads often to a very simplified forms of iodine supplementation to the reef aquarium without thinking about the possible risk involved.
It should be ever taken in mind that the element iodine, in its pure and unstabilized form, is a very aggressive and very volatile halogen (it means light sensitive) element. Iodine in it free or unstabilized form can be absolutely hazardous for any marine life form in the aquarium. Iodine in this form can cause chemical burns and serious injury to respiratory organs, mucous membranes and organic tissue structures. Unfortunately a lot of iodine additives available on the market bases on simple, unstabilized and very volatile iodine compounds. A good example in bad way gives the relatively unstable and therefore often aggressive potassium iodide solution, or the use of a simply alcoholic solution on free elemental iodine.
Regrettably this simply iodine solutions are the most often to find and are also the ones which can bring all the described disadvantages.
Recommendation of use / Dosing
To ensure the optimal supplementation with iodine in the marine aquarium, please add :
2,5 ml hw® iodtip per every 200 liter aquarium water once a week.
1 ml hw® iodtip per 21 US gal of aquarium water once a week.