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01/23/2007, 09:28 PM
Not big ballin', but the balling method for reefs. Anyone ever heard of it, or done it in his/her own system? I'm thinkin' about an experiment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
01/24/2007, 12:02 PM
What is it :confused: Are you making up new methods Dave?
01/24/2007, 03:54 PM
It's a new way (but apparently and old way) to dose calcium instead of using a calcium reactor, and keeping dKH low, around the 6.5-7 mark. The basis is the idea that solutions made from calcium chloride and sodium bicarbonate may contain the relatively high concentrations of calcium and biocarbonate ions required for the supply of calcium carbonate in a reef. Basically you mix a certain mixture of regular ol' sea salt, with sodium chloride, yep that's right, good ol' cooking salt. The man who discussed this is Hans-Werner Balling, the product manager for the German company, Dr. Biener GmbH, who makes Tropic Marin products.
01/24/2007, 05:16 PM
01/24/2007, 09:08 PM
It doesn't make sense. Sodium chloride is both sea salt and cooking salt. Table salt is sodium chloride with iodine added to keep our necks skinny. I don't see how adding cooking salt will give you higher calcium with lower alkalinity :confused:. Is there an article..........nevermind, I found what the "balling-method" is.
It's too serious for me; maybe if someone were shooting for tank-of-the-month or trying to ultra-maximize growth rates. Ahh, I see, you must be trying to ultra-maximize the growth rates of your gold mine over there :D.
Didn't you just buy a calcium reactor not too long ago? My calcium stays at 420ppm and the alkalinity stays right at 8.0dkh (ARM media). I guess the alkalinity of natural seawater is closer to 7.0, but the calcium reactor requires fewer brain cells to use than mixing and/or dosing separate elements :). I top off a little magnesium every now and then.
01/25/2007, 09:08 AM
Yeah, I got a reactor, but this way is supposed to be easier once a person gets acustom to making the mixture. It's supposed to deliver calcium at a much faster rate to infact ultra maximize growth, which is exactly what I need!!!!!!
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