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Old 10-19-2012, 01:00 AM   #1
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All in 1 additives

Does anyone know a good all in 1 additive to add in the my reef tank? I'm trying to have the least possible management into my reef.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:50 AM   #2
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Only all in one method to replenish everything I know of would be water changes. Dripping kalkwasser is pretty handy at maintaining your KH and calcium but it doesn't take care of magnesium.
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:20 AM   #3
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2-Part is 2 parts for a reason.... Unless you have a tank that consumes alk & calc at a perfectly equal rate, with an "all-in-one" you will eventually wind up overdosing one of the two.
I just started dosing because my digitata's & LPS's are alk hogs, but don't consume as much calcium, so I can adjust my daily dose of each as necessary.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:18 AM   #4
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2-Part is 2 parts for a reason.... Unless you have a tank that consumes alk & calc at a perfectly equal rate, with an "all-in-one" you will eventually wind up overdosing one of the two.
I just started dosing because my digitata's & LPS's are alk hogs, but don't consume as much calcium, so I can adjust my daily dose of each as necessary.
Good point... So what brand do you recommend?
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:04 AM   #5
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I believe the one that is brought up most often is B-Ionic, but I'm making my own 2-part far cheaper (a gallon of each for a total of about $2). Generally the instructions are to use the exact same amount of both parts at all times, but there's a bunch of very experienced guys in my local club who vary the independent doses to fit their needs..... though usually not more than about 10%-15%. It's just enough to slowly bring one level up without sending the other through the roof.
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I believe the one that is brought up most often is B-Ionic, but I'm making my own 2-part far cheaper (a gallon of each for a total of about $2). Generally the instructions are to use the exact same amount of both parts at all times, but there's a bunch of very experienced guys in my local club who vary the independent doses to fit their needs..... usually not more than about 10%-15%. It's just enough to slowly bring one level up without sending the other through the roof.
What are you using and where are you buying it? I would consider making my own cheap additives in the future after extensive research.
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:19 AM   #7
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We use this guy's formula, and since my pH is 8.4, I'm using recipe #2. We all split a 25lb bag of Dowflake for Part A, and a $1 box of Arm & Hammer for Part B. VERY EASY!!!

An Improved Do-it-Yourself Two-Part Calcium and Alkalinity Supplement System by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com
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Oh well guess I'll have to try this once my B-ionic supplement runs out! Thanks for the link and info.
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