Kalkwasser In Depth

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    Nice article kalkwasser.;)
     
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    Do you use the vinegar solution and how do you add it to your tank(drip/top-up)?
     
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    I add it to my top-up and drip when necessary. ie when ca and kh are low.
     
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    I use acetic acid. only reason I use it is because I bought 25l of it for curing my rock used it once never use it agian for curing rocks and still have 23l the make like 460l of 5% vinegar.
     
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    Many thanks Kalkwasser for the article.... I have doing this for the past 2.5 years without any adverse effects to my tank or inhabitants......

    Only difference being - with my total water volume size (870 litres) I use a LOT more calcium hydroxide and a LOT more vinegar at a time, and I also mix this with 1.75 litres of water........

    But thanks for the confirmation via the web-site/page...
     
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    are you making up 2l total so the other 250ml would be 5% acetic acid and Calcium Hydroxide (Ca(OH)2)
     
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    Yes indeed Kalkwasser. I have found that the +-75 to 100ml of this total solution that I put into my sump for dispersal into my tank, dissappears nicely into my 870 litres of water, without any adverse effects.... BTW: My calcium hydroxide powder actually dissolves QUITE NICELY into the white vinegar when I mix it up.... I then only afterwards add the vinegar/calcium hydroxide solution to the water - I sometimes use RO water, sometimes use tank water for the "carrying fluid"..... (solution fluid)...
     
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    BTW: My calcium levels are at 450 to 480 and my alkalinity levels around 12/13 - always (differs slightly depending on how often I dose or not)..... And I have never had a "snowstorm" in my tank...
     
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    I have had one snow storm from the common way to mix kalk. ever since the vinegar kalk mix never had one to.
     
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    Oh ok - that's probably why I have never had a snowstorm yet. I have always used vinegar to act as the catalyst to split off the calcium ions from the hydrogen and oxygen.......
     
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    Hi Jacques, so you add +-75 - 100ml at a time, but how often?
     
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    I add 75ml to 100ml 4 to 5 times a week to my tank Andreas..... the frequency and amount I add depends on my calcium and alkalinity levels at the time...
     
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    cool. do you add it all at once?how often do you check you CA and Alk levels, once a week?
     
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    Yes - I check my Ca and Alk once a week... sometimes twice...
     
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    Do you add it all at once jacques. Read that it is better to dose at night so that the pH doesn't sky rocket
     
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    That's when I thought there has to be an better way to do this so searched the web and that link was the best I could find gave it a shot and sine then not one problem.
     
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    Lets see if any one knows this!!!!! What is the first thing freshly formed caco3 calcium carbonate will bond to??????
     
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    taking a kans co2
     
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    helo any body there
     

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