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Old 05-02-2013, 06:58 PM   #11
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It's 5 dkh while using API.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:23 PM   #12
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I use the bulk reef 2 part, it's clean and cheep with the group buy. Comes with magnesium
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^^+1. That's what I use also and it works wonders and is simple to use
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:30 PM   #14
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Thanks everyone!
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Not my thread but thanks also. My alk has been slowly declining and I was informed baking soda works. After reading this thread and doing my own research i am not messing around with baking soda now, I'm going with 2 part. Eventually maybe even jump to zeovit, that system looks intense.
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Baking soda, sodium bicarbonate, raises alkalinity just fine, but it will temporarily lower ph a bit in saltwater. Sodium carbonate ( soda ash) will also increase alkalinity but doesn't influence ph as much. Both are what you will find in over the shelf buffers. BRS sells both in bulk. I use sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) after warming it in a oven to drive off C02 content in it. Then its dissolved and added slowly while monitoring. Almost all the two part solutions use one of these for alkalinity.
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How do you bake it? What temp and for how long?
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I spread it about 1/2" thick on a cookie sheet, then in the oven at 350deg for about an hour. Then place it in a air tight container after it cools a bit. Then dissolve in water to use. I make up a gallon at a time; 500 grams sodium bicarbonate to 1 gallon of RO water. You have to shake it before you use it as it doesn't all stay dissolved, some settles to the bottom.
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I spread it about 1/2" thick on a cookie sheet, then in the oven at 350deg for about an hour. Then place it in a air tight container after it cools a bit. Then dissolve in water to use. I make up a gallon at a time; 500 grams sodium bicarbonate to 1 gallon of RO water. You have to shake it before you use it as it doesn't all stay dissolved, some settles to the bottom.
So how do you get it into your system? I figure a method like that using it in your ATO would be a good way to add it.
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Yes, you certainly could add it that way. Just do it over a few weeks until you get back up where you want to be. Watch calcium while you do it.
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