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LimeTwist
05/26/2017, 11:18 PM
For those who have full blown sps tank that doesnt run calcium rx. What is your cheapest method on supplmenting you calcium and alk?

CoralNerd
05/26/2017, 11:20 PM
For those who have full blown sps tank that doesnt run calcium rx. What is your cheapest method on supplmenting you calcium and alk?
Check out ME Coral, it's not that expensive and a little goes along way.

Pife
05/26/2017, 11:23 PM
Randy's recipes 1 and 2. Cheap as you're going to get.

Big E
05/27/2017, 04:12 AM
Randy's recipes 1 and 2. Cheap as you're going to get.

I have had great success/results with Randy's two part..............9 years on fully dominated Sps systems.

Bpb
05/27/2017, 07:38 AM
Kalkwasser is the absolute cheapest way. It'll sustain a moderately well stocked sps load. Mrs wages pickling lime from Walmart. It's like $3 for a pound and that will last several months depending on tank size.


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jda
05/27/2017, 05:53 PM
What do you mean by cheap? Cheap to buy the chemicals, or cheap to get the setup going?

Dripping saturated Kalk is cheap, but very labor intensive - you can do this with Mrs Wages, a gallon milk jug, some airline and a flow control pinch. Manually dosing 2 part is cheap, but very labor intensive - you need two milk jugs, some airline and a few control pinches. If you automate either, it can get quite expensive if you have actual, useful redundancy to prevent a crash and quality equipment - you can spend hundreds on this.

If you factor in the long term CaRx is probably the cheapest... especially if you get a nice used setup for pennies on the dollar.

If you do decide on two-part, Dowflake and Baking Soda are your friend, like what RHF recommends - don't waste your money on stuff from BRS or the like which marks it up 10x, or more.