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Old 05-07-2005, 02:34 AM   #1
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What do you use? Calcium additives....

Just wondering what people here liked to use for a calcium additive for their reefs? Or calcium buffers and why you like what you use...how long you been using it....
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Old 05-07-2005, 02:13 PM   #2
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For daily additions I use C-Balance (less impact on pH) and every second day I use a gallon of RO/DI with 2 tspn of kalk (½ tspn vinegar). I have no sump so a reactor is not in the cards.

If/when the balance gets out of whack, I use Kent Superbuffer DKH and Turbo Ca for corrections. Both are very good and inexpensive.

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I use B-ionic 2 part Ca/Alk supplement. It works great IMO/IME. Just make sure to keep up on water changes.

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For daily additions I use C-Balance (less impact on pH) and every second day I use a gallon of RO/DI with 2 tspn of kalk (½ tspn vinegar). I have no sump so a reactor is not in the cards.
If I had half the knowledge about SW chemistry as steve-s does I may THINK of doing the same to my tank LOL.
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do you like b-ionic??? Someone told me you have to get the calcium raised before you use it. I have had many people recommend it actually and im wondering if alot of others do..
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I also use ESV's B-Ionic. IMO is the best product (besides kalkwasser) to raise CA and ALK and keep them at constant levels. With B-ionic and a simple reef chemistry calculator it's almost impossible to screw up your additives. HTH
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Old 05-08-2005, 10:28 AM   #6
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B-ionic, easy to use and comes in several different sizes and the price is good.
make sure you get test kits for alk and cal and test before you add. I used to test every day till I got the levels up where I wanted them then I learned what my tank used every day. Now I just test after water changes and add as needed. If your low raise them up slowly...
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B-ionic is only to keep the levels of calcium and alk at level just as a buffer correct? What do you use to raise the calcium up to the level you want?
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I use B-Ionic as well. Works great for me havnt had any problems. Also coralline took off like crazy after a couple of weeks.
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I'm using Kent superbuffer dKh and turbo calcium to keep my parameters in check.
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I use b-Ionic also. The couple of times a parm has gotten out of wack I've just used more of the b-Ionic. Seems to me that Steve's recommendation of using the Kent Superbuffer and Turbo Ca is probably a good one so that you're not having to burn through the b-Ionic so fast to play catch up.
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