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Old 05/04/2016, 10:56 AM   #26
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If you removed the fully saturated limewater into another container away from what ever precipitated in the original mixing container then proceed with the above aeration wouldn't that be fairly pure as impurities had mostly already precipitated out into the mixing container ?
Yes, that would help but not all the impurities precipitate even at fully saturated limewater pH ; it would be purer but still not completely purified; so, I'd still use food grade calcium hydroxide or better.


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Old 10/14/2016, 12:42 PM   #27
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resurrecting this post. Have you guys been using this for a while now? any long time KZ users switch and notice same or different results? Just started using the KZ method and if I can save this much cash on a product that is dosed daily I would love it. Can't say I notice a difference in my tank using the coral snow yet but I do know the KZ regimen has me taking better care of the aquarium which may be the key to success of this system. Not much is "set it and forget it" in the reef aquarium.
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Old 10/17/2016, 06:02 AM   #28
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Old 10/17/2016, 07:02 AM   #29
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All KZ products are secret so you wont really know what substances you put in your tank so.It isnt food like marine snow wich is made by decaying matter.Ive heard about a reefer here that was advised to mix the coral snow wich is plain kalk with the food .Just expensive snake oil(kalk).


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Old 10/17/2016, 07:39 AM   #30
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Its not a food. It is a flocculant. the excess CaCO3 ions in the water attract and bind organics which then are skimmed out or mechanically removed. KZ never makes any claim that it is food. 2LF's Coral snow is a food, which I believe is where the confusion lies. I'm not saying I am a total believer in the KZ line but I have seen tanks before and after switching to KZ and the results are noticeable. Thanks for your response, but the question was not about the KZ product it was about who, if anyone is still using the DIY version.


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Old 10/17/2016, 07:45 AM   #31
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All KZ products are secret so you wont really know what substances you put in your tank so.It isnt food like marine snow wich is made by decaying matter.Ive heard about a reefer here that was advised to mix the coral snow wich is plain kalk with the food .Just expensive snake oil(kalk).
KZ Coral Snow (calcium carbonate) is definitely not kalkwasser (calcium hydroxide), as even a small dry amount of kalkwasser dosed to a tank can lead to serious pH spikes.


I've been using the DIY version since this thread opened up, essentially.


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Old 10/17/2016, 08:59 AM   #32
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I've been dosing a small amount weekly. Haven't really noticed anything good or bad.


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I too used to dose it once a week. It would clarify the water, and I never had any issues with cyano, once I started using it.


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Thanks for the update. $12 for a lifetime of "coral snow" sounds good to me.


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The cheap price on amazon did it for me too to say why not give it a try.


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Old 10/17/2016, 11:08 AM   #36
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Before.After.

I am convinced it does something. This is 1 week after dosing 1ml/25g daily. I know there is more sediment in the before picture and I should have siphoned it off, but hey its a crappy cell phone picture anyway. to the naked eye, I see no yellowing as before. I changed my carbon out 3 weeks ago.


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Old 10/17/2016, 01:25 PM   #37
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Before.After.

I am convinced it does something. This is 1 week after dosing 1ml/25g daily. I know there is more sediment in the before picture and I should have siphoned it off, but hey its a crappy cell phone picture anyway. to the naked eye, I see no yellowing as before. I changed my carbon out 3 weeks ago.
Yes, what you are seeing is normal and is why this product exists


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Could some one help me understand why this is beneficial, I seem to be missing it.


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Could some one help me understand why this is beneficial, I seem to be missing it.
Literally in the first three posts

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I really like Coral snow because is helps a lot especially when new corals are added into the tank - the chalk reduces the mucus secretion from one side and coagulate organic compounds make them easily removed by skimmer or consumed by bacteria.
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Calcium carbonate particles might make a good flocculant, as you suggest.
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Yes, it has similar effect on water transparency like activated carbon. Especially if there are yellowing agents in the water. But if you are using activated carbon, there will be no visible effect of course. After addition, water becomes milky but in few hours cloudiness disappear. I'm dosing weekly or biweekly.



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still Using 1/8 teaspoon in 100ml RO/DI, or has the dose changed over the years?


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still Using 1/8 teaspoon in 100ml RO/DI, or has the dose changed over the years?
I actually quit measuring it. I just put some in and say 'yeah, that looks good'. It's cheap enough to the point that the dose doesn't really matter


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Lol, ok ok. I guess I was expecting more from something KZ that would cost so much. I guess that's enough, how effective is it?


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Lol, ok ok. I guess I was expecting more from something KZ that would cost so much. I guess that's enough, how effective is it?


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Take a look at the pics above. It's pretty insane what something so simple can do to what we think is already really clear water.


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I just saw those, that is crazy. I think I actually do need to try this.


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I Think this stuff is why KZ gets away with running a small baggie of carbon passively rather then a reactor full! My tank is at work and I dose first thing when I get there at 7:30. By the time the lights come on an hour later its clear. For the cost of the stuff on amazon there is no reason I see not to at least try it.


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Any advantage to getting 99.9% pure over 97% ?


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Any advantage to getting 99.9% pure over 97% ?
Unless it's cheaper, probably not.


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I Think this stuff is why KZ gets away with running a small baggie of carbon passively rather then a reactor full! My tank is at work and I dose first thing when I get there at 7:30. By the time the lights come on an hour later its clear. For the cost of the stuff on amazon there is no reason I see not to at least try it.


I think it will really help my son's aquarium. He and my wife tend to over feed, it has a skimmer that works ok but hopefully this will help much more.


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I bought 10lbs bag of the 97%. According to Amazon I started using it soon after April 4th 2016.


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