Originally Posted by sdaccord03
Well I accidently put way too much kalk
in a cup of water that I added to my tank to make up for evap. Is that what kalk
is a balanced additive which raised both alk
together. You should not add the kalk
in a slurry unless you know exactly what you are doing. In a new set up, you shouldn't need any type of additive at this point. You should save these things for later. Right now the tank needs to cycle. Once the tank matures after a few months you can think about some coral additions. It will be about 4-6 months before your ready for scleractinians (hard corals) and then the kalk
additions might be needed. Until then , rely moreso on your water changes to maintain water chemistry depending on the brand of salt.
I also have this other stuff: Superbuffer dkh. Does that do the same thing that kalk does? I'm running a nano tank with no room to add a drip mechanism. What would be a better choice? kalk or superbuffer?
Depends on the size of the nano and what's in it. The smaller the tank, the safer water changes become your easiest method of maintaining water chemistry. The worst thing you can do is dose additives that impact the chemistry in large swings. Buffers only raise the alkalinity and pH of the chemistry not the Ca
. If you are looking for an easier maintenance scheme, I would suggest a two part liq additive like ESV. You can add in controlled smaller doses that will have much less impact. Like I said though, water changes would be less harmful in the long run.
What is a good level for alkalinity in a reef tank? I'm guessing mine is about 400.
1.5 - 3 mEq/l. Many will keep it at the higher end of that but there is no benefit in going higher. 400 ppm
(8 mEq/l) is very very high. I would suggest several water changes until you get that down closer to 125-175 ppm
Also be sure the alk
is balanced with the Ca
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