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Old 11-18-2002, 10:32 PM   #11
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a gallon of kalk mixed with water? is this what you guys are using for your top-offs? do you just use a tube with a knot to slow the drippage?
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Old 11-18-2002, 10:39 PM   #12
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Actually, I use a kent IV style doser. It has an adjustment dial on the tube to regulate the flow. To clarify, most use about 1 tsp of dry kalk powder, mixed with 1g of RO/DI water, let it settle, then siphon off the clear solution. I actually only mix about 1/16 tsp per gallon, with weekly waterchanges the CA consumption is rather slow, but I am sure it will increase as the SPS, really begin to grow.
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Old 11-11-2003, 09:07 PM   #13
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Kalkwasser / Hydrated lime source

I couldn't believe how expensive Kalwasser could be--$9 for 4 ounces! I found Ball pickling lime at Safeway on the bottom shelf below the spices for $1.59 a pound! I figure that since it's food grade, it's good enough for the tank. Anyway, I tried it and it works just great. My coralife algae is thriving.
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I found Ball pickling lime at Safeway on the bottom shelf below the spices for $1.59 a pound!
I know plenty of people that use Balls, but most prefer Ms Wages if they can find it, Balls tends to leave an orange precipitate.
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Old 11-11-2003, 09:53 PM   #15
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Just for anyone who comes later to this discussion, I want to add my 2 cents.

I was afraid of Kalk when I first started. I knew that if you dripped it too fast you could have problems. If you don't let it settle properly in the mixing tank you have problems. Frankly, I was afraid to try it.

Kalk has been one of the best things I have ever done for my reef.
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Kalk dosing at nite

A few of you had mentioned that you dose your kalk during lights out. ow do you do this? Is this a manual thing - like anitely maintenence task?

I currently have a drip system that doses continuously until it rus empty and I refill. Usually takes about 2 days.

My calcium is pretty constant at about 450.
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If it goes into the tank and is not mixed well enough, won't it just percipitate into the water? I inject my manjanos with it all the time and it does not hurt the tank?

What happens when you dose to fast, PH spike?
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What happens when you dose to fast, PH spike?
Yes!!

Don't dump it in...
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Kalk has a pH of more than 12 8O
Mixing and dosing kalk

This article suggests adding some white vinegar to the kalk mix to increase the calcium ions in the solution.
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Actually, you *could* dump in small amounts of Kalk throughout the day as long as you constantly monitored the thank pH and made sure it didn't jump more than .5 units. Some people who have more established tanks simply dump it all in at once, but I think this is a bad idea.

I think it is much simpler and safer to drip it, IMO.
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