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Old 03-12-2005, 12:08 AM   #1
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Calcium Additive

What is the best calcium additive to buy? Since adding corals and frags my calcium is low, I never would have thought thay would suck up the calcium that fast but i keep a close eye on all my water readings and since adding them it has dropped to 320 in a 2 day period, I'm going to get something tomorrow and until I get a calcium reacter set up I need to dose it to keep it up.
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Old 03-12-2005, 12:44 AM   #2
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I can tell you that I used Turbo Calcium and it worked like a charm. There are other products that most likely work as well, but this one worked very well for me.
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My calcium levels did some freaky stuff for a while but then they leveled out. Now they drop much more slowly. I am using b-Ionic and like the results. The 2part additive is good since my Alk drops along with my Ca anyway.
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Thanks, I'll try and find one of those tomrrow,
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WOuld it be a good idead or bad idea to occasionally use kalkwasser as part of the top off routine? Could a very dilute kalkwasser mix be used in an auto top-off setup?
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Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 03-12-2005, 09:23 AM   #6
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I use the 2 part cal and alk from b-ionic and this stuff is great and easy.
You need to test your alkalinity and keep the Cal and alk at the right levels. They work together so you need to check both.
Do you have any coraline algae? This uses Cal and alk to grow....

Midi I want to say there are a few people in the club that do what you mention. I think they run a regular drip on Kalk to keep levels correct.
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:44 PM   #7
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WOuld it be a good idead or bad idea to occasionally use kalkwasser as part of the top off routine? Could a very dilute kalkwasser mix be used in an auto top-off setup?
As long as there is a need, this would be just fine. The saturation amount of the kalk solution can be adjusted for strength based on the consumption of the tank (max 2 tspn/gal). One thing to remember though is that it adds to the alk and Ca in a balanced fashion so "tweeking" will still be necessary. Even though the additive is balanced going in, the tank will rarely use it in a balanced manner.

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Great - I'm testing frequently until I get the feeling for the "rhythm" of my tank. I have a reef buffer that I've added a couple times to keep the pH at 8.3. With the addition of one SPECTACULAR piece of branch rock just 1/2 hour ago, my LR is now complete, so I'll start ot explore the world of coral soon. Next Saturday at the local reef keeper's meeting I will be getting two frags: Xenia and clove polyp, I think. I hope to have a full understanding of the requirements by then!
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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