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Old 11-04-2010, 11:16 PM   #11
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yeah, you are supposed to cook it. i am not sure of the exact procedure. i just use the BRS or gettanked stuff if i have a crazy coral load. it's not that much more expensive than a box of arm and hammer really. i think 8 pounds is like 16 bucks. 8 pounds will last you a bit.
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No kidding!!! I'll have to keep that in mind when I run out of the Brightwell stuff. Just cracked a new jar. Was thinking I should get the 2-part or 3-part ca/alk/mg from BRS their video tutorial was pretty good. Something for down the line when the levels are dropping daily and consistently.
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check out gettanked too. he's real cheap. he lives fairly close to me and made a trip out here before when i had my coral system running. he dropped off a bunch of samples to hand out to my customers and gave me a ton of salt mix to try. nice guy and eager to help out.
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OK, Baking soda is Sodium BiCarbonate. Use that when pH is high (8.4). Use Sodium Carbonate when pH is low. To turn Baking Soda into Sodium Carbonate, spread 2 ľ cups on a baking sheet (I cover the sheet with aluminum foil) and bake at 300 for an hour. I bake it at 350 for 1 - 2 hours. That will make a gallon of Sodium Carbonate.
That is right from Rand'y two part formula.

I'm dosing about 1Ĺ Alk to Ca, though I think my Ca depletion is now catching up.

I'm about ready to get a dual dosing pump, or two if I can't adjust the dual separately.
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