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1628mna
01/31/2008, 05:51 PM
im reading alot of people putting carbon in a filter bag and putting in the sump to be absorbed. why is it that people are not doing the same thing with calcium? those calcium reactors are real expensive. i know im in the wrong hobby if im worrying about money but i bought two phosban reactors for less than 1 cheapy calcium reactor would cost. can i use a phosban reactor for a calcium supplement? also if all the above questions are no than does anybody know of a good diy for calcium reactors? i see alot on the diy forum but man oh man which one?

bertoni
01/31/2008, 05:55 PM
The calcium reactors work by injecting a controlled amount of carbon dioxide into the water and running it over media. There's no media that will work that doesn't required the carbon dioxide for a controlled release.

This calcium reactor plan looks good to me:

http://www.melevsreef.com/dj88.html

1628mna
01/31/2008, 06:33 PM
i was reading that link you gave me and it said something about a two part solution. what about that or is that more a pain [profanity] than its worth? what solution is he talking about? do you know any good solutions?

bertoni
01/31/2008, 06:50 PM
B-Ionic is one example of a 2-part calcium-alkalinity supplementation scheme. To dose, equal amounts of two solutions are added to the tank, usually daily. This article might help:

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/feb2003/chem.htm

There are recipes for DIY two-part solutions, too.

1628mna
01/31/2008, 06:58 PM
thanx for the reading material. too bad i cant drag the computer in the bathroom, wait lap tops . igotta go if you know what i mean lol lol(child humor is so cool at times)