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Old 10-03-2006, 02:38 PM
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Kalk Reactor vs Calcium Reactor

Id like to know what you all think
Pros & Cons to both and which would you rather go with and why:Thinking:
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Old 10-03-2006, 02:43 PM
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How about both.
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Thanks all, especially Deanos' links
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Old 10-03-2006, 05:00 PM
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As an experiment, I just disconnected my Ca reactor that has been running for two years and have been dosing with two-part for approximately the last 3 weeks. WOW! Colors I didn't know existed on the SPS are starting to come out and the grow rate has increased.

Much has been written in the scientific literature regarding low pH affecting calcification in a negative way.

With a Kalk reactor your not going to be able to provide carbonate, the other component of calcification in an equal measure to Ca. So thumbs down in my book, even with a Ca reactor dialed in. A Ca reactor will add both components in equal amounts however the pH drop seems to affect their incorporation.
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Old 10-03-2006, 05:10 PM
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Shaun,
I'm not advocating one over the other here ,I'm a 2 part guy myself, but I was always under the impression that kalkwasser is a balanced additive too. Isn't this what made it possible for the early Gerrman Reefers to suceed? Randy
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Old 10-03-2006, 05:11 PM
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solbby, You just totally said what I have been leading up too for a long time. from what I have been hearing and what I have learned on my own has been the same that ca and co reactors will not do what the the 2 part supplement can do and much better. my only problem is that with a system that is 1000 gallons, what would be more economical? I would love to not have to deal with 2 reactors and two more things that can fail. most of the experts have been saying to just keep it simple. dosing is better than all the reactors in the world and more acurate and foolproof.
looks like in the meantime i just may go without any reactors and just dose. just have to find the cheapest way of finding the 2 part.
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Shaun,
I'm not advocating one over the other here ,I'm a 2 part guy myself, but I was always under the impression that kalkwasser is a balanced additive too. Isn't this what made it possible for the early Gerrman Reefers to suceed? Randy
Unless I am wrong isn't it Calcium hydroxide? there is no carbonate portion to it or contained within it.

Randy did the early Germans have sucessful SPS growth?
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