Advice on a calcium reactor

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  1. Beachball

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    Hi all

    I have a 1000L tank and i am wanting to buy a calcium reactor not sure on which is right or wrong, need some advice!!!!
     
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  3. Mike

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    Hi Beachball,
    Can you tell us more about your system? what you have in the tank? and why you believe you need a calcium reactor, the more info about your tank we have, the better we can help.
     
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    I run a 700l SPS filled tank with just a kalk stirrer. I have 23 medium pieces in the tank. I manually dose for alkalinity daily which is what the CARX would do. I have incredible growth with my corals.

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    calcium reactor

    I have a 1000L tank with a Red sea Berlin XL skimmer and fish only in the tank and live rock want to start putting corals in and have been told it will be better to put a calcium reactor inplace.

    Thanks for you reply
     
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    Well, you were told right :) IMO

    The CaRX will give sustained "higher" levels of Ca, that will inturn be converted by the SPS &/or Clams into growth.

    What I like is it automated once you have it up and running, probably refill the reactor and CO2 once a year.

    But, a Kalk stirrer with manual dosing will also suffice, just depends how "lazy" you are ;)
     
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    What you have been told is right....and wrong..
    In the case of tony, he needs one.....
    In your case, before getting to a stage where you would need a calcium reactor, you should focus your resources on establishing an ecosystem ready for sps.
    Depending on your current bioload, I would doubt if your current skimmer is adequate for a system of that size when it reaches the point of needing a calcium reactor.

    Adding Coral is a broad term...What type of corals do you intend adding?
     
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    I should be so lucky!!!!

    and mines rated at 100 lites for a 600l system..... Just goes to show...... Ratings on bioload, not volume....!
     
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    Eish, is that a typo or did you skim abit when buying :whistling:

    CaRX for 100L system must be the size of a coke can :)
     
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    typo, 1000litre
     
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    I've been doing fine without a CARX for a year now. Manually dosing is like the balling method without the pumps. I know my daily consumption and I supplement and test daily to make sure thing are OK.

    If you couldn't be bothered to test daily and are "lazy" then a CARX with a p.H controller is the ticket or the balling method which involves an initial amount of work, tweaking and testing to get the daily consumption
     
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