how do you dose cal and alk?

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    Brian_G overly obsessed

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    2 part?
    kalkwasser?
    etc...

    what do you think is best for corals, fish, etc
     
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    2 part is probably a lot safer than Kalk, just ask Biff.
     
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    I do a water change every week or two. I find my calcium and alk levels stay in a good range from that alone. I use Kent Liquid Reactor to add calcium when I need to.
     
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    DIY 2 part
    1 isn't better than any other. They all do the same thing...supplement ca and alk.
     
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    When I do dose( which is hardly ever anymore ). I use Kents Turbo Calcium ( Dont cost me anything at the LFS ). I use Baked baking soda for alkalinity.
     
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    so it seems people like 2 part method much better.

    I use kalk now but can never get it to stay right. it still seems like I have to add more of something at the end of the week.

    I use dow for ca and am going to make the switch to baked baking soda for alk. and dose daily.
    hopefully this will work well
     
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    yote...how do you not dose? does your parameters change? or do you run a calcium reactor?
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    Well,I actually used to dose daily.But I was also keeping my alkalinity and calcium a lot higher than I do now.
    Then I figured out that my tank does better if I dont tinker with it so much.OH I still run my tests about every other day,just dont have to dose as much.
    If I do a 12 gallon waterchange every 8 days with SeaChem Reef salt,my parameters stay stable.:D
     
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    i have used both kalk and two part. they both work good but you need to be carefull with kalk
     
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    10% every 8 days... and you have coraline growing everywhere and parameters ate stable...I think I'm trying to hard Haha.
     
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    I use B-Ionic 2 part dosing for Alk and Calc.
     
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    Doesn't that get expensive hiker? You could save a lot by using baking soda and Dow for swimming pools. Just a thought.
    I just think brighter is overpriced. But the bottles are pretty :)
     
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    So far its been really cheap for me. I only dose 7.5ml of each per day. I bought the 1qt bottles about 3 months ago and I'm still not empty yet. I did buy the 1 gallon refills which was $25. So I think for the ease of it and only using about 1 gallon per year it is fine for me.
     
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    Oh thats not too bad know my lfs charges an arm and 2 left legs for that stuff.
     
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    i use the bulkreefsupply 2part it is cheap and you get alot of it for 35-50 bucks
     
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    Yeah,I been tryin to slow that damn coralline down.Its takin over my tank:grumble: :mrgreen:
     
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    Add Kent turbo cal to change out water
     
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