Originally Posted by JohnNLuc
As well as should the kalk
makeup ALL of my evaporated water daily?
It could eventually but unless your CaCO3
demands within the system are quite high, you may only need to drip the Kalk
solution every few days or only weekly. Best suggestion is after your next water change, test the tank levels and keep testing every few days to get an idea or the depletion rate. Once the levels depreciate some, drip the kalk
at 1 teaspoon per gallon of RO
at least for the first time. The actual saturation of limewater is 2 teaspoons per gallon of RO
If the 1 teaspoon solution raises your levels too much, cut back. If it falls short, try the same solution (1tspn/gal
) the next night. You might find a daily addition of the weeker solution fits the needs of the tank. It's a bit of trial and error at the beginning but once you get a handle on the rate of depletion through testing, you'll have a much easier time of determining how much/how often to drip the kalk
. Try to equalize the amount of limewater used in a given week so it pretty much keeps the levels stable rather than raising them up and letting them fall continually. Consitancey in your levels will gain you healthier growth.
As mentioned above, be sure your chemistry is balanced before you start the whole process. Kalk
is a balanced additive and raises both alk
equally so if one is out of balance the kalk
additions will not fix that.