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    Senior Member Fisherman's Avatar
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    Calcium help.

    Im looking for a good way to raise calcium before i start to drip kalk..

    i ordered my doser but it might be awhile before i add kalk.. i have no SPS just LPS right now.. my tank pars are:

    ph 8.3-8.4
    alk 9.5
    SG 1.025
    cal 340-360
    amm 0
    nitrite 0
    nitrate less then 5ppm

    i haven't added any calcium buffers just alk/ph "reef buffer DHK."

    i've been readingup on calcium additives and some say add after dripping kalk?? or must be used with mag/strodium..

    im looking for a easy none time consuming way to add calcium.


    Thanks..

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    Turbo Calcium from Kent is a quick way to bring up your levels before using kalk
    thanks.
    thien

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    yeah but that says you must add strodium and magn.. i don't want to add tons of stuff.

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    What about C-balance, ivan sells it, take a look. I think I'm going to pick some up soon as well. It will raise calcium and alk together.
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    Use Kent Liquid Calcium or Turbo Calcium to boost your level up. Then use Kalk to maintain you current calcium levels.

    I use Calcium Chloride (aka Kalk) that I ordered from The Chemistry Store. It's cheaper than Kalk and a little stronger. It only cost me $1.20 per pound and I order 10 pounds at a time. You can't beat that price. One pound of Kalk at the lfs is 25 bucks plus tax.

    Don't add Magnesium unless you are testing for it as I do.

    Cheers

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    send me info to order that stuff.. lol..

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    My preferred ca. additive and the only one I use is Seachem's Reef Advantage Calcium. It is a powder. It is mostly calcium but also contains strontium and magnesium in the right proportions to add a very balanced blend of the three.
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    yeah im gonna grab some of that..

    then drip kalk after i have a good supply of calcium in the tank..

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    Fisherman,
    I agree with Mutt. I've been using Seachem's Reef Advantage Calcium ever since he suggested it to me.
    Mind you, ever since the addition of the calcium reactor, I only use the Seachem stuff on my newly mixed water to bring up the CA a bit.
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    Yeah, drip kw after the levels are set, but start very conservatively with the kw. It's always safer to undershoot at first and then increase as you see a demand.
    Matt.

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