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Old 09-25-2011, 07:53 PM   #1
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Calcium reactor? Pros/cons?

Would purchasing a calcium reactor for my 75g reef tank be a good idea? What exactly does a calcium reactor do? What are some of the pros and cons of owning one?
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Pros:
Automated control of calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium.
Less day to day work on your part.
Cheaper long term if your tank uses enough Ca, KH, and Mg.

Cons:
Larger investment at beginning.
Can be more complicated to deal with than just adding liquid additives.
Not economical if your tank does not use a lot of Ca, KH, or Mg.
It uses more equipment, which inevitably can fail.
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Thank you for the info. I've had freshwater experience in the past and saltwater is new for me, I plan on just getting a few mushrooms to start off with, I don't think I'll be getting any hard corals for a while so perhaps I will wait before I think about a calcium reactor.
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Yeah, you definitely don't need to worry about it. You don't even need to test for Ca or Mg until you have some stony corals.
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