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    Builders lime

    What is the correct way to use Builders lime?
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    I am not familiar with builders lime. I can only assume that it is like pickling lime which is Kalkwasser or calcium hydroxide. BUT I AM NOT SURE!!! so don't start dripping it until you are sure it is in fact Calcium Hydroxide.
    Keep in mind, though, that there are different grade qualities of lime for purity and I would assume that construction grade lime (builders lime) is not nearly as pure as food grade (pickling lime) which is probably not as pure as scientific grade lime which is what I THINK would be sold by hobby companies like Two Little fishies or Kent or Seachem.
    I have only used pickling lime and hobby stuff so I have no experiance with others. I have been happy with pickling lime and it only costs about $20-$40 for a 50lb bag.
    I guess what I am saying is use it at your own risk, and do some research first. AND, if it turns out to be good stuff, let us all know!!!
    Hopefully someone else can fill us in here a little...
    Matt.

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    as far as i know only lime sutiable for human consumption
    is ok for reeftanks

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    I use a 10$ bag of saturated lime from home hardware, 3 tbsp per gallon gives me about 700 ppm
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    Guys,
    Maybe she wants to build a tank out of bricks??!!!!!

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    I did the research and apparently quite a lot of people had a similar idea to me (here in OZ).
    I went today to look at 'Bunninngs' (major hardware store) and the 'Builders Lime/Hydrated Lime" (not the plasterers lime) is ok!!!
    It's 90% Calcium Hydroxide and the rest I assume is magnesium and some other 'stuff' that I will email the company for more info on.
    I can't get Pickling Lime here, so this is a good alternative.
    Alot of people use it and they just saturate it more to precipitate out any impurities.
    I'm going to look into it further and keep you posted, $10 for 25kg's compared to 250gm for $18 sounds good to me.
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    I've almost got Mrs. Wages convinced to ship to me in Canada.

    http://store.yahoo.com/mrswages/mrswagpiclim.html

    The cost of this is so low I don't even think customs duty would be an issue. If a few more Canadians beg them by e-mail they may give in. That would be a lot simpler than experimenting with something new.

    Just a thought.

    Bill

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    Is that an Australian company?
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    It is a U.S. company. It is the most commonly used product by reefers in the States. I finally talked to them on the phone and they will not ship here.

    The good news is that I found a place that will ship Ball's Pickling lime.

    http://www.goodmans.net/get_item_bl-...kling-lime.htm

    The bad news is that shipping isn't cheap. It will cost me about a total of $50 USD for 12 lbs. Still cheaper than Kalk I suppose.

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    Has anyone asked wal mart if they could carry the product, that might be a possiblity
    Mark
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