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Old 06-29-2004, 03:09 AM   #1
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Tums for Calcium?

Has anyone ever considered Tums for a calcium supplement in their reef tank? Each tablet contains 1250 mg of calcium carbonate, adiptic acid, FD&C Blue, D&C Red27, D&C Red 30, FD&C Yellow6, Mineral oil, Sodium Polyphosphate, starch, sucrose and talc.

I'm new to reef tanks, but as a nurse, am familiar with most medicines. It seems as if this might work, but I would like to hear some expert advice on the subject.
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adiptic acid, FD&C Blue, D&C Red27, D&C Red 30, FD&C Yellow6, Mineral oil, Sodium Polyphosphate, starch, sucrose and talc
No WAY!! to be blunt. Quote-"1250 mg ca carbonate" It's not that simple.
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Old 06-29-2004, 09:58 AM   #3
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It has been discussed on many reef boards, many times, it is not a viable solution, in order for the CACO3 to be usable for the corals, the ph would have to drop considerably to dissolve it. The drop in PH would be detrimental to your tank. It is also not economically viable, when you can buy a lb of pickling lime for about a buck or two, and get alot more CA.
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when you can buy a lb of pickling lime for about a buck or two, and get alot more CA.
Yea kalkwasser will be far more effective, and if you have soft corals water changes should be all you really need.
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