Peter's Garage Tank

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  1. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

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    Stopped 2 part and and will be using just Kalk
     
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    Ok. Gotcha. That's fine then as long as your alk/ca demands aren't too large. I personally prefer using 2 part. I like having the control over the dosing amount. With kalk you never know exactly how much is going in because evaporation will vary. Plus dripping anything that's gravity fed with a float switch scares me.
     
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    If your pH is fine and you are just looking for an easier way to dose calcium and alkalinity, just use 2-part with a doser, you will get the benefit of continuous dosing throughout the day/night and also have control over how much Ca/Alk you are putting in. With kalk in your top-off, the amount you are dosing depends not only on how much evaporation you have, but also how much of the stuff is in solution vs precipitated when dosed.

    I think of kalk as more of a way to deal with low pH problems while dosing.

    Some people have problems with it clogging top-off systems or shortening the life of top-off pumps.


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  4. rygh

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    Kalk has some other benefits.
    Cheaper
    Boosts PH
    Binds (reduces) phosphate a little bit
    No need for pumps
     
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    Kalk and carx goes hand in hand. Love that it maintains my ph since the carx seems to lower it.


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  6. daddio

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    I like the fact that I dont have to go out and make a big investment
     
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    Had a small avalanche and every rock I tied to fix made it worse. Most of the rock work had to be restacked and a lot of corals had to come out for a bit. Afterwards the wrasse was gone, no sign of him. The wife spent about 1/2 an hour looking through the tank for it - maybe he jumped? But then 36 hours later, he's back - yay! I was already planning his replacement:eek:
     
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    I’m glad he’s back!

    Hopefully my new peppermint shrimp that disappeared instantly will pull the same trick, lol


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    LOL, that's wishful thinking – I think they've all been eaten by now. I'm just going to hand kill the aptasia with squirts of vinegar
     
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    What wrasse? Many bury themselves under sand.
     
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    Christmas Wrasse
     
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    ATO has run 2 gallons of Kalk @ 1/2tsp. per gallon. Parameters are:
    DKH - 8
    Calcium - 380
    Phos. - .3ppm
    PH - 8.2
    Not sure how accurate the PH is. I am getting a digital meter today and will get a more precise reading. I added 6ml each of 2 part to bump the calc. & Alk. and once I get the digital ph meter I will know whether I can increase the ratio of Kalk in the ATO.

    Cheers!
     
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    Reminder: Digital PH meter can be less accurate than drops unless calibrated.
     
  14. daddio

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    Yes, it comes with three batches of calibration material. Can't be any worse than trying to match the color of the vile to a color chart and no two colors seem actually to match. My margin of error is about .5 with the color chart on the pH
     
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    Now that we are getting a little more serious with our "reef" Decided it was time to add a little more flow. Our old 1990's powerheads were moving about 885 gph and turning the tank over about 17 times per hour. Put in a couple wavemakers and bumped our flow to 3,800 gph (if you believe the rating tag) with 75 turnovers per hour. It sounds like a lot of flow, but nothing is getting blown away.
     
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    Which wavemakers?


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    Some cheap imports. Rated at 1,300 gph for $13 each. I have several tanks going so I picked up half a dozen.
     
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    Peter and I got our PH meter all calibrated and got a reading of 8.28 yesterday and 8.11 this morning. Bumped the Kalk ratio a bit to 3/4tsp per gallon to get calcium and alk a little higher.
    Cheers!
     
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    I’d return those cheap import wave makers, they are weak and breaks easily, I got them earlier and they keep on breaking the shaft within a few weeks.


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    At $13, you cant expect a whole lot of quality
     

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