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Old 01-22-2005, 11:34 AM   #1
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Kent marine Calcium

I bought a bottle of this at the LFS. Should i add it directly to the tank or to my HOB(emperor 400). My hob has activated carbon in it also.

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im not sure kent's liquid calcium is the best for dosing calcium, i think kalkwasser is a better method, but i do use it as well at the time in conjunction with SuperBufferdKh because it is what i have. i dose the liquid calcium daily. i mix it with the desired amount of "topoff" water and then add the mixture to my sump. before i had a sump, i added it SLOWLY directly to the main tank with no problems. but i think predilluting it into a mixture with some topoff water helps aalot. i also add a few drips of dechlorinating stuff to the topoff and liquid calcium mix to rid the mixture of the chloride from the CaCl. not sure if this works but its what i do and my calcium levels are cool. i hear usingthis stuff can cause chloride ion imbalances and f- up the whole systems alk. next time i need to buy calcium or buffer, i am probably switching to BIONIC - i hear its a wonderful product but have never tried it.

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You could add it to the HOB slowly, that's a good way if dosing things. Be careful dosing ca, by raising the ca you may end up lowering your alk. That is why a balanced 2 part additive is recommended, like B-Ionic. A low alk is just as bad or worse than low ca. You may also throw off the ionic balnce between the two. Here is a good article on the relation between ca/alk if your interested gadgets and Makana- http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/nov2002/chem.htm
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I dosed my Kent Ca directly into my wet/dry return section in no more than 3tsp increments (I use a med cup dispenser). I always test my Ca and Alk together and adjust accordingly, even when I'm not using a 2 part additive.

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