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Old 01-15-2012, 08:53 AM   #1
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Kalcwasser question

Hey guys I have been correcting tank parameters just using separate calcium and alkalinity additives for years now, but havnt tried kalkwasser yet. Tell me if I'm wrong but is kalkwasser just to help stabilize. And u can't actually use it to correct a parameter that is out of wack
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Yep. You adjust the calcium and alkalinity to the point you want it to be at then use Kalkwasser to keep the levels there.

I tried kalk in my ATO and didnt have much success, my levels still dropped daily. Will be trying 2 part next.
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Correct. Kalk is used to maintain your calcium and alk levels.
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I believe kalk is an unbalanced additive, containing relatively little to no magnesium. So adding it may help, or hinder your problem. Read this: Chemistry And The Aquarium: Solving Calcium And Alkalinity Problems — Advanced Aquarist | Aquarist Magazine and Blog

and http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-05/rhf/index.php
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Ok thank guys. I was making an order, just needed to know if I should be getting alk separately too. Appreciate it
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Ok I'll read it
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I've been dosing 1.5 tsp per gal for a while now and my Ca stays around 500 and Alk around 11 constantly. I also dose Randy's Mg as there is no Mg in Lime. I have about 30 small but thriving LPS & SPS going.

I recently started adding 40mL per gal Vinegar to my Lime mix which helps keep my PH in check too.
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I've been dosing 1.5 tsp per gal for a while now and my Ca stays around 500 and Alk around 11 constantly. I also dose Randy's Mg as there is no Mg in Lime. I have about 30 small but thriving LPS & SPS going.

I recently started adding 40mL per gal Vinegar to my Lime mix which helps keep my PH in check too.
I guess you mean those are the parameters of your top off and not your tank water
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Nope tank Ca 480-500, Alk 11-12. PH steady around 8.35-8.45 day & night. Mg is around 1350 thanks to dosing Randy's recipe for Mg.
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Isn't that high for alkalinity
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