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Old 10-31-2004, 06:39 PM   #1
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so the time has come to start adding calcium to my tank- my levels have dropped from 420 to 350 over the last couple months, must be the coralline growning!!

my question for you guys is... what method and what type of calcium addtition do you find the best? im not looking to have some wild Ca reactor, just a nice simple method my mother can handle when im away at school...

ive heard good things about adding both calcium chloride and sodium carbonate simultaneously, any thoughts?

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Old 10-31-2004, 08:04 PM   #2
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I use the B-ionic 2 part system all you do is add the required amount with the shot glass they provide, very easy after you figure out how much your tank uses.
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I've heard kalk is the best way
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kalk is a good way to maintain Ca levels, but if you're already way low, it's not gonna be able to bring you up enough. kalk is more about maintaining steady levels.
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I heard kalk is very bad, I heard you have to make a drip system, because kalk has a ph of like 12.0 and if added fast will easily kill the inhabitants. I also heard that c-balance or bionic is the easiest way to dose. You can dose it directly to tank instead of making a PERFECT drip system
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lots of people use kalk with success. You can set up a kalk drip with a 2 litre bottle and some airline tubing.
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But you have to like make a knot in the tubing to have it add it perfectly
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Old 10-31-2004, 11:16 PM   #8
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did you have a bad experience or something
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hmmm ok well so kalk is good for matinence when added properly, i could rig something up for that which is self sufficient, but what about raising the current levels? a pretty big increase is nessescary
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Old 11-01-2004, 05:36 AM   #10
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If the Ca of your salt mix is high enough, then a few water changes would solve that. I drip kalk, but mine hasn't gotten to 350. Many people have sucess with the b-ionic, I'd give it a try.
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