Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 07-19-2012, 02:44 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
Patrick93's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 322

Wanting to start using kalkwasser any advice? Info? Experiences? Thanks

Patrick93 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2012, 05:05 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Qube's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Hagerstown, Md
Posts: 684
I currently dose kalk through my ATO on my nano cube. It takes a little bit to get it tuned in, but once I found the sweet spot on how much kalk my needs demanded, I was good. BRStv has a great video on it, should you choose to go this route.

Qube is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2012, 07:06 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
MikeYQM's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 489
Check your Alk & Ca levels. Mix your ATO solution to a MAX of 2 tbsp per gallon of RODI. Run for a week & adjust mixture to dial in desired kevels of Ca & Alk. Do not go above 2 tbsp per gallon - it won't mix.

Do not expose mixture to air & do not dose precipitated white stuff at the bottom of the container.

Dose to a sump or away from fish & corals & monitor your pH throughout. If your pH is rising more than you like research & consider adding vinegar to the mixture.

Every month or so clean out your mixing container.
MikeYQM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2012, 07:08 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
bavass's Avatar

POTM Champion
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Waynesboro Virginia
Posts: 1,797
Its best to dose as an ATO. I use a 50mL a minute pump from Bulkreefsupply and dose for "X" amount of minutes every hour at night. I had to figure out my evaporation amount and timed it that way. I have a light load of corals in my 55 so i started with 1/2tsp per gallon. I got my mag, alk and calcium where i wanted them started the kalk and tested every few days if the levels dropped in tank the next time i made top off i add more alk until i got to my sweet spot which is 1tsp per gallon.
bavass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2012, 07:44 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Columbia, TN
Posts: 667
I do it a cheapskate way , take a milk jug drill two holes in the cap ( holes sized so that airline tubing fits snug) then cut two pieces of airline tubing one short one long , then stick the longer tube through the holes you drilled and feed it into the milk jug until its about 2" off the bottom, then take the short piece and just stick it through the other drilled hole so the end of it does not go into the water. Now you put a air valve on the end of the long tube ( you need a metal one ) , make your kalk solution as mentioned in above posts, screw the cap on your jug and set the jug somewhere higher than your aquarium, and blow into the small tube, this should start the siphon into your larger tube, then adjust your air valve until you have about a drop every second or two , then monitor it and see how it does. It works great for me, I do about a gallon every other night.

Attachment 107484

Attachment 107485

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-609915324.jpg
Views:	55
Size:	112.8 KB
ID:	107486
Saratj1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2012, 12:20 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
Patrick93's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 322
Thanks everyone I'm gonna watch the brs guide on it

Patrick93 is offline   Reply With Quote

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:54 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.