Kalkwasser Stirrer vs. Calcium Reactor

Discussion in 'Test Kits, Controllers, Reactors and Dosers' started by Warr7207, 14 Jun 2008.

Voter count: 42
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What Calcium Additive System Do You Run ?

Poll closed 14 Jul 2008.
  1. Calcium Reactor - SPS Dominated system

    5 vote(s)
    11.9%
  2. Calcium Reactor - NON SPS Dominated system

    5 vote(s)
    11.9%
  3. Kalkwasser Stirrer

    4 vote(s)
    9.5%
  4. Manual Dosing

    23 vote(s)
    54.8%
  5. Other

    2 vote(s)
    4.8%
  6. I don't add Calcium, Corals Sux

    3 vote(s)
    7.1%
  1. Warr7207

    Warr7207

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    Which would be the better unit to go for. I am starting to struggle with keeping my Calcium levels at the 400 mark. If I leave out one night of dosing, it drops quickly.

    I do not have a SPS dominated tank. I have 3 medium size sticks and two baby frags. I have a couple of monti's that are growing relatively quickly. The other big consumer of Calcium is coralline. Majority of my corals are softies. Lastly I have two LPS.

    If you able to give me a couple of pro's and con's that would be great.

    Thanks :thumbup:
     
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  3. Shaun

    Shaun Retired Moderator

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    Calcium reactor, it will do 3 in one calcium, magnesium and alk. The best buy I have made for my tank. They are not to difficult to make if you like DIY.
     
  4. Rory

    Rory Admin MASA Contributor

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    CaRx.

    Pros:
    I said so.

    Cons:
    Will cost at least 5k and then you still have to fiddle.
     
  5. gaz19

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    id say both.
    CArx drops the ph
    kalk brings it up.kind of balance each other out.
    i find my carx a pita, because i can never get the flow just right.
     
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    Reef Maniac MASA Contributor

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    Hey, you don't give the option for: Manual dosing AND Calcium reactor AND dripping kalk :whistling:
     
  7. Mike

    Mike Retired Moderator

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    I agree with Gaz, calcium during the day and kalkwasser in your top up system over night, this tends to balance out the ph and alk very well.
     
  8. Warr7207

    Warr7207 Thread Starter

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    Hennie, I knew a guru was going ask that question :biglaugh:
     
  9. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Personally, i run both.Carx and kalkstirrer to keep up with Ca and alk demand.
    add on a Carx and should you not wish to add a kalkstirrer,mix up kalk and connect to your auto top up
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    how about allowing multiple votes ;)
     
  11. trad

    trad Fish, thats the word!

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    I think any great system woulf have both. But i would start with a Klakstirrer only as it could keep up with most need. However dosing with cal & Alk manually could have just as good affect. The stirrer or CAX will just make it less effort.
     
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    irie ivan MASA Contributor

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    Is it an aqua medic by any chance?
     
  13. gaz19

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    yes
     
  14. Warr7207

    Warr7207 Thread Starter

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    The reefers that are using multiple methods, what would be the reason for running say a Kalkstirrer and then still manual dosing ?

    What a effect would Ca levels of 370 be on a system ?
     
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    Warr7207 Thread Starter

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    I have been looking at a couple of CaRx. I notice they have a volume rating. Why would this be, is it like a skimmer that runs 24/7.

    If I had a smaller demand of Ca would I be able to get away with a smaller reactor.

    Other than a CO2 bottle what else is needed to get the Rx up and running ?
     
  16. gaz19

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    CO2 bottle
    ph probe
    ph controller
    solinoid valve(sp?)
    bubble counter
    the calcium reactor its self
    media
     
  17. gaz19

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    the smaller the unit, the less media it can hold. so less calcium can be put into the system.im no guru on this.
    currently have mine disconnected and manualy dosing Calcium and have my kalk reactor going.
    once you know what you doing, its easy but im still not sure on exactly what to do.
     
  18. Warr7207

    Warr7207 Thread Starter

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    Shit, so that means one of these beasts are going be R10K + :(
     
  19. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    the only crappy thing about my Carx is that it needs to be checked every 2nd or 3rd day,otherwise the water from the outlet pipe tends to slow (the drip rate) or theres too much of bubble build up,then requires bleeding
     
  20. gaz19

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    they start at about 5k and go up. mine cast 7k for my 6ft system.
     
  21. Warr7207

    Warr7207 Thread Starter

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    You guys are scaring me, I reckon the Kalk Stirrer maybe the way to go.
     
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