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Old 05-31-2004, 11:50 PM   #1
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Kalk Question

I have read a lot of people say that when mixing kalk you must shake it rather than stir it, is this true or just personal opinion? I have been using a powerhead to mix my kalk because I mix 5 gallons at a time.

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Old 06-01-2004, 12:21 AM   #2
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One other question I have. I use the method below to dose my kalkwasser except I have mine setup with a float switch instead of a timer. Is this a good enough way to dose kalk??

http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/dos...ydontopoff.htm

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are ya ca levels staying around 400-450?? if so ya doing fine
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Old 06-01-2004, 06:04 PM   #4
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I use a float switch to dose my kalk, works fine. I mix mine 5g at a time too. I add the kalk powder and then add the vinegar, then pour 5g of water into the bucket, stir for about 30 seconds with a plastic hanger and let sit
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You have any more description about your float switch system? I'm now adding coral and will need to start the kalk dosing.
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I bought my float swith from www.autotopoff.com. I have a 10g sterilite container under my tank that serves as my kalk resevior, at the current evaporation rate, that lasts me 10 days to two weeks. I have a pump in the resevior that pumps the kalk to the HOB fuge when the water drops low enough to trigger the float switch. I get a 2 second burst of kalk added to the fuge about every 5 minutes.

To mix my kalk I use 5 gallon buckets and after it has settled, I siphon off the kalk (minus the film on the top and the undissolved kalk on the bottom) into the resevoir. every 4-6 weeks, I soak the pump and the float switch in RO/DI water and vinegar, for an hour of so and then put it back into service. Has worked well so far
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Can you combine the kalk mixture with an auto top off setup? I have a float switch in my sump that pulls RO water from another container when needed.

Could I just add the kalk to the RO water in my current container or should I set up a separate container? Could it be dripped vs. pumped into the auto top off system? I know it might take a bit of tweaking to get the levels right but I assume that is needed regardless.

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I replace ALL evaporation with kalk, and if your going to dose kalk, I recommend you do the same, it's a pain to dial in the amount of kalk powder to add per gallon, but once you have it dialed in...it works great.
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ahh, I see. So Kalk is the powder mixed with RO water.

How much trouble is it to syphon the kalk while leaving the skim on the top and crud on the bottom? Is there a quick way to do this or is it a manual process?
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I don't find it to be much trouble at all. You get a little of the undissolved into the resevior, but you let it settle and clean out the resevior once in a while. When my pump starts sucking air, it's still a couple inches from the bottom of the resevior.
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