Libra Dosing Pump for dosing Alk and CA in reef Aquairium By Michael on 2/24/13
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
For the serious reefer or someone who is a detailed person:
I highly recommend this dosing pump as a great automated tool for dosing! You can pretty much even replicate a calcium reactor and ensure that your ALK and CA are constant. YEAH!
Just make sure you are "in the know" of your Reef Aquariums parameters. Learn how your tank needs to be dosed by testing for a month or two before automating... my suggestion. This way you wont over or under dose. Hanna checkers are awesome! Makes me a happier reefer! Magnesium is the only titrating test I own.
Helpful hints for a prospective buyer:
** A.) If you are installing this pump into dry wall, I recommend the Toggler High performance anchors (www.toggler.com) and add a washer so that this will be a solid installation.
** B.) When hooking up the tubing, you will use the right channel for the container and the left channel for the connection to the tank / delivery.
I use the ESV Calcium Buffer due to the number of years this product has been on the market and feel that I can really trust the dosage.
Currently, I dose my 28 G tank as follows and maybe this will help you.
I start dosing the ALK at 8pm when the ph is lowest after the lights have turned off and dose calcium at 830am
So here goes : (atleast for my JBJ 28 G w/ LED Pro hood)
ESV 1 ALK - Start 8pm / 1.5 ml x 10 = 15 ml over 24 hours
ESV 2 CA - Start 830am / 0.5ml x 30 ml over 24 hours
I first test the water (especially after completing a water change) and adjust water parameters by hand, then let this tool do its thing and it saves me for missing doses and also ensures consistency.
Also, inverst in a Ph Monitor and this will most likely be an easier task to accomplish for the serious hobbyist!
I am gearing up for a seriously awesome refugium and filling my tank with some more beautiful corals.
Mike from Massachusetts