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Old 12-27-2008, 10:15 AM   #11
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I can't keep up with the demand and dosing is becoming expensive.
Ziggy, are you buying premade 2-part like B-Ionic? I make all my own. A 50 lb bag of calcium chloride cost me $13 and will last a few years. A 12 lb bag of Arm&Hammer baking soda cost about $6 at Sams Club and will last over a year. I ordered a 7 lb bucket of magnesium from BRS about a year ago and still have over 1/2 of it left. I estimate making my own 2-part cost about $1/month.
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Thanks guys for all the info.
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Can the PH be monitored/controlled through a system using a digital Ph meter/solenoid/calcium reactor/CO2 Bottle?
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:06 PM   #14
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Yes, a pH controller does exactly that. Monitors the pH and shuts down the solenoid when it's supposed to.
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Ziggy, are you buying premade 2-part like B-Ionic? I make all my own. A 50 lb bag of calcium chloride cost me $13 and will last a few years. A 12 lb bag of Arm&Hammer baking soda cost about $6 at Sams Club and will last over a year. I ordered a 7 lb bucket of magnesium from BRS about a year ago and still have over 1/2 of it left. I estimate making my own 2-part cost about $1/month.
I didn't know you could do this. I would be worried about making sure the mixture was correct. I'd like to hear more about how you do this though. I'm all for saving money on the reef!
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:19 PM   #16
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Sounds pretty similiar to what us freshies call Mixing Ferts.
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I didn't know you could do this. I would be worried about making sure the mixture was correct. I'd like to hear more about how you do this though. I'm all for saving money on the reef!
Not sure what specific recipe ccCapt is using, but my guess it's something along this line...

An Improved Do-it-Yourself Two-Part Calcium and Alkalinity Supplement System by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:18 AM   #18
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That's it. Kurt posted the article. I use the exact ingredients mentioned in the article.
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Thanks for the information. I'll give it a read.
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