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If you don't have an auto top off (which I would highly recommend) then your going to need a kalk dripper of some sort. Check out this video we made on making your own kalk dripper.
Things with customs can change rapidly, but at this time we don't have any issues sending Kalkwasser to Canada.
Technically you have to raise the levels to maintain the levels (maintaining really just means your increasing the levels at the same rate its being consumed). The confusion comes from the fact that kalk would be a poor choice to try and raise the levels by more then that because of its significant pH effect. If you added enough kalk to say raise your tanks calcium from 400 to 450, you would also raise the pH to catastrophic levels. It also suppliments both calcium and alkalinity, so you can't raise one without messing with the other. Two part would be what you want for adjusting levels.
You will want to measure after you have mixed in your salt mix to make sure. RO/DI water will always have around 7.0 pH. Feel free to let us know if you have any further queations!
We do not recommend using supplements for initial control of pH rather introducing fresh air through the skimmer may help! Some supplements such as Soda ash (alkalinity) and Kalkwasser do have increasing effects on pH but should not be used for that sole purpose. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
It will vary depending on your system demand. Typically on smaller systems we will test once every 2 weeks and dose 2 part to increase the levels as needed. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I would use a 9gal container, so I would only have to change it evey 9days.
What ratio of RODI to Kalwasser would you recommend?
Is that a good or bad idea?
Haven't had luck with any ATO...
Any advice or pointers is greatly appreciated.
Ideally an Auto Top Off controller would be able to automate your top of water instead of guessing exactly how much evaporates. For starting with kalkwasser we recommend 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of Top off water so starting you will use a maximum of 4.5 teaspoons in your 9 gallon container. If the levels are dropping after a while you can boost up to a maximum of 2 teaspoons per gallon. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Keeping Kalk consistent will tend to allow for not over dosing however it is still recommended to test for Calcium, Alkalinity and Magnesium to make sure that there is no precipitation or loss of the elements in the water column. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
You can drip the kalkwasser in any location as long as it is convenient. Many people like to dose and drip in a high flow area to prevent any precipitation. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I've added kalkwasser to my ATO with the ratio of 1 teaspoon per gallon of ATO volume. It doesn't seem to dissolve, just settle out after a couple hours. I don't run a circulation pump in my ATO as it's only 7 gallons and I'm filling it every week. Would a circulation pump help dissolve the kalk? Would you recommend the circulation pump only coming on with the top off pump? I've read you shouldn't circulate kalk when it's in an ATO, is this true?
You specifically do not want to circulate kalk as you will actually deplete it by doing so (your continuously adding co2 which will deplete it). Its normal to have some sediment when you mix kalk and nothing to worry about. Give it a good mix when you put it in and then just allow it to settle and use it.
Film on the surface of objects often can be a diatom, waste or bacteria growth and occurs on many sumps with good flow with regular cleaning a good idea to remove the film. If there is film on the surface of the water it would be related to low flow in the sump. To eliminate the film you can try changing the flow with a powerhead to agitate the surface additionally if the kalkwasser is not dripping into a high flow area it may have some precipitation. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
If you really wanted to you could run it for like a minute, but just pouring the kalk in and mixing it for a minute or two by hand generally suffices as well. The thing you don't want to do is continue to agitate it after the initial mixing. If for example you put the power-head in for as little as a half hour you may remove a significant amount of the kalks usefulness.
My Question is if you can't put a power-head in to mix the solution because you might remove a significant amount of the kalks usefulness, then what happens when you drip the solution into your tank? With so much circulation/water movement, wouldn't that just deplete it within a few minutes?
The water chemistry in a container of a kalkwasser solution is extremely different from the water chemistry of an aquarium. In the aquarium the concentration is much lower and precipitation far less of an issue (though if you add to much kalkwasser to the aquarium and increase the concentrations too high it will precipitate just as it would in the storage container). Used correctly though that will not be a problem.
Kalkwasser - This will be used for daily dosing to maintain calcium and alkalinity levels as well as elevate the tanks pH. Because this product does elevate the pH, it is important to dose slowly in small amounts. This product is designed to be used daily to continually replace calcium and alkalinity as it is consumed and not to make large adjustments.
Calcium Chloride - This is used to make larger adjustments to calcium levels. This product has no effect on the tank's pH so it is possible to make larger changes to calcium levels in single doses.
Sodium Bicarbonate - This is used to make larger adjustments to the tank's alkalinity levels. Sodium bicarbonate does have a small temporary lowering effect on the tank's pH. It is possible to make relatively large adjustments to the tank's alkalinity without a major impact on the tank's pH but it is wise to monitor the tank's pH while dosing.
Magnesium Mix - Dosed occasionally to maintain magnesium levels. Maintaining correct magnesium levels helps prevent calcium and alkalinity from precipitating and makes maintaining correct parameters much easier.
Meet my needs By Jkor on 5/2/2017Jkor would recommend this product to a friendI purchased this to kill coral that was growing in areas I did not want it. If I did not it was going to take over. Put some on some coral, let it settle. The coral slowly dies and this does not have a negative effect on the rest of the tank.
value By mike112 on 5/2/2017mike112 would recommend this product to a friendKalk is definitely the way to go and this is by far the best value on the net!! Thanks guys and keep up the videos! I have learned so much from you guys. You brought me back into the hobby.
Easy to use and does its job. By Doug E Fresh on 4/10/2017Doug E Fresh would recommend this product to a friendJust as the title says. Once I raised my levels to where I wanted them and a little tinkering to get dosage right it keeps my Cal and all right where I want em.
Great By Jd on 3/21/2017Jd would recommend this product to a friendGreat at maintaining my levels with my ato. Clears pretty fast
Kalkwasser By Kris on 1/24/2017Kris would recommend this product to a friendGreat stuff, good price.
I thought all kalkwasser was the same By Chas on 12/31/2016Chas would recommend this product to a friendI thought all kalkwasser was the same, but I was wrong. Usually after settling overnight there is a layer of undissolved material on the bottom of the bucket, but with this stuff there's practically nothing. Pretty impressive for a low cost option.
Cheap and easy By Eric on 9/26/2016Eric would recommend this product to a friendA cheap and easy way to keep my calcium and alkalinity where I want it using my ATO.
It's Kalk -- It works! By Rakie on 8/19/2016Rakie wouldn't recommend this product to a friendLike all BRS products it's a solid choice which isn't overpriced and works great. I'm running a small tank with frags only at the moment so I'm running 1 TSP per gallon and tuning exactly how much to put into my ATO -- So far, 1 TSP seems just fine.
Great Product By Rich on 4/29/2016Rich would recommend this product to a friendI've had a small 24 gallon reef nano aquarium for years with varying success. Keeping PH above 8.0 was impossible. No sooner would I get it there and the next day it would be 7.6 or 7.8. Adding supplements was just a temporary solution. Alk was always 12 or higher. Calcium was ok, but with supplements.
I happened to see Ryan's video on kalk and using a dripper system and I thought I would give it a try. I bought a 5 gallon aquarium (the only size that would fit in my stand) and made a sump out of it with several baffles, just like the big boys do. Adding an overflow box with a drain and pump to push the water back into the main aquarium made it work. I drip Kalk into the sump using a container that holds over a gallon of water. Not only does this help with evaporation but PH is now a steady 8.2, Alk is at 10 and calcium at 420.
In the two weeks I've been using this, my corals have opened dramatically and I can see growth.
I wish I had done this years ago. Thanks Ryan for posting all those videos.
Easy, Cheap, Effective By ryan on 3/14/2016ryan would recommend this product to a friendWorks great, lasts a long time. Easy to add. This is for those who want simple, easy to maintain reef environment.
Next additive, mag.
good to use By troy on 3/9/2016troy would recommend this product to a friendmake sure ur testing u can reck stuff if u dont test and try this
Very big bucket By Robert on 3/9/2016Robert would recommend this product to a friendIt's much bigger than I thought and it's going to last me forever.