Peter's Garage Tank

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Mark B, May 27, 2017.

  1. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    Yes, a bottle of beer


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
     
    Mark B likes this.
  2. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    1) So how are you controlling the ATO?
    Gravity + Float valve?
    Microcontroller?

    2) Are you stirring the Kalk?
     
  3. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Member

    1 - Picked up a good quality float valve with magnetic switches
    2 - I stirred the bucket good after adding the Kalk

    Am I ok?
     
  4. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Your parameters look fine why are you dosing? I use Kal to balance the lower pH my calcium reactor makes.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
     
  5. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    So Kal raises ph?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
     
  6. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Kalk don't stay saturated in water reason a lot use a reactor or stirrer. Maybe have a small powerhead turn on once every hour for 5min?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
     
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2017
  7. DEATH BY SNU SNU

    DEATH BY SNU SNU Supporting Member

    Dont' dose the powder that settles on the bottom... after the kalkwasser has been mixed.,,..only dose the liquid
     
    Mark B likes this.
  8. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Member

    And I have been just dumping two part in every morning a cup of one and a cup of the other and I figured Kalk makes it so much easier plus there's a lot of other benefits?
     
  9. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Member

    Yes, I have the draw tube suspended about 4 inches off of the bottom of the bucket
     
    DEATH BY SNU SNU likes this.
  10. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Member

    Yes, skyhigh if you're not careful from what I understand
     
    DEATH BY SNU SNU likes this.
  11. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Ok topping off with kalk is good. Just gotta watch your parameters and also make sure it's well mixed. The kalk on the bottom are usually sand. I dump out my kalk reactor every 3-4 weeks and add new kalk to the reactor.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
     
  12. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Member

    I am new to the Kalk, but what I read said to get the parameters perfect and then use Kalk to maintain those levels without getting PH too high.
     
    DEATH BY SNU SNU likes this.
  13. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    It easily over dose on kalk. I would run few failsafe. I have a peralstaltic and solenoid to shut it if pH goes crazy.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
     
    DEATH BY SNU SNU likes this.
  14. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Will it work - sure. Just make sure to stir the kalk solution once in a while.
    Can you make it much more complicated and expensive - you bet!

    FYI: If it is not adding enough Ca/Alk, look at adding Vinegar to it.
     
  15. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Member

    Do you mean if I can't get the calcium and alkalinity high enough without raising the pH?
     
  16. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    That, or simply not having enough top off water volume to keep up, in case you have a lot of SPS.
    Vinegar both reduces PH and allows you to saturate more Kalk.
    And it adds Carbon dosing.
     
  17. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Member

    Cool! I will read up on that. Just ordered a digital ph meter. These darn test kits are so hard to decipher which shade the reading actually is. And dont get me started on the mag. test, I feel like I am a "mad scientist" creating some kind of vaccine.
     
  18. RandyC

    RandyC Guest

    Yeah, I'm also a bit confused by why you're dosing kalk if 2-part is maintaining your parameters just fine at the levels you want. The two will accomplish the same thing. Most people will start with kalk when their alk/cal requirements are low enough for kalk to replenish what is used up and move to 2-part when kalk can no longer keep up with the demand.

    Kalk is also used in conjunction with a carx for upping ph, but that's not the situation here.
     
  19. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Member

    So dosing Kalk is not a good idea?
     
  20. RandyC

    RandyC Guest

    It's not that it's not a good idea. Doing both methods probably doesn't make much sense. I may have missed it somewhere, but are you looking to keep doing both? Or switching exclusively to using kalk? If it's the latter, then that's ok.
     

Share This Page