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WaterssretaW
01/30/2008, 07:50 PM
I am ready to start using pickling lime.

Question 1: How many tsp's do I put in a 32 gal brute?

Question 2: How long do I let it disolve?

Question 3: Do I use an air stone to airate?

Question 4: Can I add it directly to the Brute or should I dilute it in a smaller container first?

thanks everyone!

-mark

atvdave
01/30/2008, 08:29 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11726828#post11726828 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by WaterssretaW
I am ready to start using pickling lime.

<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11726828#post11726828 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by WaterssretaW
Question 1: How many tsp's do I put in a 32 gal brute?

Start out with about 1 tsp per gal of ro water.

<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11726828#post11726828 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by WaterssretaW
Question 2: How long do I let it disolve?

I mix mine in a 5 gal bucket for about 30 sec's then poor it into my brute can.

<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11726828#post11726828 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by WaterssretaW
Question 3: Do I use an air stone to airate?

No, cover it from the air and just let it set with no movement. Movement will stir up the undissolved particles.

<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11726828#post11726828 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by WaterssretaW
Question 4: Can I add it directly to the Brute or should I dilute it in a smaller container first?

thanks everyone!

-mark

Either way, I always pre mix mine first.

Also you must let it settle down before you start to add it to your aquarium. There will be fine undissolved particles floating around so let the settle to the bottom before turning on your pump. Mine takes over night to settle down. I just top off with fresh water till it's ready.

WaterssretaW
01/31/2008, 05:20 AM
atvdave...thanks for the reply.

Let me see if I have this correct.

32 Gal Brute...like 32 tsp's of lime?

Is it okay if I also have a heater for the water? or will the lime heat it up enough?

Thanks!

Randy Holmes-Farley
01/31/2008, 07:02 AM
Yes, that's about right. 2 level teaspoons per gallon of fresh water about saturated, but starting with a bit less may be all that you need.

No need to warm it. Less actually dissolves in warmer water.

WaterssretaW
01/31/2008, 10:15 AM
THANKS RANDY!

goldmaniac
01/31/2008, 10:37 AM
With reading the DowFlake/Bromine scare, and since I can't find any Mg products in my local HD or Lowes, I'm hoping to get something clarified, please.

I'm new to dosing Ca. Just getting corals, about 6 months now, been just doing water changes to keep Ca near 400. Need to start dosing.

IF i use Kalk and/or the Mrs. [Walmart] Pickling Lime to increase Ca, what does it do to Alk and pH? and what can I use to balance everything out?

Randy Holmes-Farley
01/31/2008, 11:01 AM
Limewater is used to supplement calcium and alkalinity in an appropriate ratio. It also tends to raise pH. It is what I use for my tank, and there is no need for anything else aside from occasional magnesium. :)

goldmaniac
01/31/2008, 11:25 AM
yea!

THANK YOU RANDY

YOU DA MAN

I've added kalk, occasionally, for a couple of years now, with no real consistency. The jug of Kent's kalk has lasted me quite a while. I'll replenish, and also buy some Mg additives. Hopefully my coralline will start to grow after I get a consistent regimen.

"it tends to raise pH" is a good thing, right? pH naturally decreases due to the breakdown to fish waste, I thought.

Thank you again for the concise and prompt reply, Randy!

E.G.

Randy Holmes-Farley
01/31/2008, 11:29 AM
Thanks. :)

pH can get too high if you dose too much, so just watch it when you dose.

This article has more:

What Your Grandmother Never Told You About Lime
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2005-01/rhf/index.htm

goldmaniac
02/01/2008, 07:28 AM
thanks again Randy -

Randy Holmes-Farley
02/01/2008, 12:17 PM
You're welcome.

Happy Reefing. :)