Sorry for my delayed responses today guys, its been busy...
Yes, getting the alk in place first will make it much easier to gain a balance between the two. At least in the beginning until they are balanced I would bring the alk closer to 12 DKH. Personally I keep mine between 11-12 all the time. Keep in mind that you need to be sure the alk is optimum before each Ca addition.
Ok, starting tomorrow I will begin dosing the Reef Builder. Looking at the instructions, it says that one level teaspoon will raise 40 gallons of water by .25 meq/l. It then says that I can adjust the dose up to, but not exceeding, 1 meq/l a day. Since my tank is around 40-50 gallons (with sump), then I could dose 4 heaping teaspoons a day which would increase the Alk
to around 2.8 DKH
Keep in mind that you need to be sure the alk is optimum before each Ca addition.
What does this mean? Do you mean I need to make sure my Alk
is around 4-5 meq/l before adding any CaCl
and if it is not I need to dose the Reef Builder again before adding the CaCl
? Would I be able to dose the Reef Builder and CaCl
in the same day? The reason I ask is because the Alk
will drop some in a 24 hour period. If I keep having to wait to dose the CaCl
because I am constantly raising the Alk
, I will never be able to dose the CaCl
. Make sense?
If based soley on the 390 ppm Ca, then his alkalinity is actually too high. I was under the impression Biggen wanted a higher alkalinity on the whole In which case the Ca can be balanced later on.
reading I gave was not 5.5 meq/l but 5.5 DKH
. That is pretty darn low. But yeah, it is high if looking relative to the Ca
reading of 390 ppm
as far as being balanced.