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Old 12-30-2004, 12:28 PM   #1
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Looking into to calcuim reactors. Can I use a doser, I mean does it do the same thing? Are reactors safer to use? How do they work? What are the benifits? Any brands that are reccomended....things to look for?

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Female Naso "Isabell" or "Izzy", Emperor Angelfish, Flame Angel, Red Sea Sailfin tang "Bambi", Maroon Clown "Nani", 5 Chromis, 1 Aglae Blenny "Bengi" , Yellow Watchman Goby, pr of Banggai Cardinals, Lyretail Anthia, Six Line Wrasse

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Old 12-30-2004, 12:44 PM   #2
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Dosing is the "poor man's" method of adding Ca (And sometimes other elements) to your water. I say poor man's, but its not really rocket science. Its simply a method of using a container to mix in, tubing with a switch on it (Controls the drip rate) and gravity feeding it into your sump/tank. Not exactly your question, but this should give you and idea of dripping method.. http://www.oc-creative.com/reef/foru...=1512&get=last

By comparison, this is a link to one persons diy ca reactor.. http://www.hawkfish.org/snailman/diycareactor.htm Not quite the trivial task as a doser. If $$ is no issue, lots of folks would have you go with a reactor since its a bit more automated and doesn't require frequent mixing. In my case, I mix about 2.5G of water with about 4 tsp of kalk twice a week. Some weeks only once, depending on the tests. Reactors bring with them, typically, a little PH drop and excess CO2 issue. That is, most folks have to work through these issues. (I do not own a reactor, but more than likely a result of 'aggressive' use of the reactor). I'm sure someone will chime in with one and cover more on the reactor side. Again, dosing and reactors both strive to maint a good ca/alk level and in both cases you MUST stay on top of your mg levels and monitor ph. Other than that, it may boil down to a matter of $$..

Nother good converstation about reactors..

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