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Old 06-15-2009, 08:59 AM   #1
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Maintaining Calcium

Short of buying a Ca reactor or expensive commercial preparations; can anyone recommend a safe, easy and relatively cheap way of maintaining calcium in my tank?
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:19 AM   #2
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An Improved Do-it-Yourself Two-Part Calcium and Alkalinity Supplement System by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com

Take a look at that. It's cheap, and I believe a number of people here use it.
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What brand salt are you using and how often are you doing PWC`s ?
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Water change

melosu58; I use sea water; an dI do a 10% change each month.
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My suggestion would be to do a weekly or biweekly PWC. I do weekly PWC`s and calcium stays around 450-480. I also use oceanic salt mix.
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:52 AM   #6
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SparKy697, thanks for link. An Improved Do-it-Yourself Two-Part Calcium and Alkalinity Supplement System by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com

I am wondering if anyone has had any experience in this. I cannot get the calcium chloride preparation described in the web page; however, I can get 'damp rid'. Damp rid is 80% Calcium chloride, with Sodium chloride, and a few other things. It is the few other things that I am unsure of, I would appreciate any feedback.

melosu58; at the moment my calcium requirements are not too high so I thing that with your suggested water changes the calcium levels will be ok. I am concerned however, when my calcium requirements increase over the next 6 months that the water changes may not be enough!
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I woudn't use the Damp-Rid. There is no way of knowing without alot of expensive testing what impurities are in it.
You should be able to get Kent Turbo calcium. It may cost a little more than buying calcium in bulk, but it is the same thing....calcium chloride.
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Check these guys out as well. They make it very easy: Bulk Reef Supply - Bulk Reef Supply
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I'm not so sure that is unfortunate

I suppose shipping may be a little costly. It's worth checking into though.
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