- BRS Bulk Soda Ash (Sodium Carbonate) Aquarium Supplement (DISCONTINUED)
Soda Ash (Sodium Carbonate) is used alone or in combination with BRS Bulk Sodium Bicarbonate to maintain proper alkalinity and raise the pH of your tank. Most commonly used in the 2 Part daily dosing system in conjunction with BRS Bulk Calcium Chloride to maintain proper calcium and alkalinity levels on a daily basis. Dissolves crystal clear and meets strict BRS quality standards.
Four Sizes Available:
Replacement Pouch - Makes 1 gallon of solution when mixed
1/2 Gallon - Makes 4 gallons of solution when mixed
1 Gallon - Makes 8 gallons of solution when mixed
5 Gallon - Makes 40 gallons of solution when mixed.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO MIX SODA ASH
- 1 Standard 8 oz. dry measuring cup
- 1 Mixing spoon
- 1 Funnel
- 1 Empty 1 gallon jug
- 1 Clean 1 gallon bucket or bowl
- 1 RO/DI or distilled water
MIXING DIRECTIONS FOR 2 PART
- Fill gallon jug 5/6 full with RO/DI or distilled water and pour into empty bucket/bowl.
- While stirring water, add 2 level dry measuring cups of soda ash.
- Once dissolved, use funnel to transfer solution to gallon jug.
- Label Alkalinity and let sit before use.
NOTE: If you have difficulty dissolving alkalinity solution float the jug in a sink of hot water and shake vigorously. Alternatively, you can mix the solution in a large open top container to allow for stirring the solution.
Simple By Carmen on 2/15/2018Carmen would recommend this product to a friendMixes great, convenient. No other way to reef but with BRS additives!
Works for me By David on 10/31/2017David would recommend this product to a friendI use with CaCl and BRS dosers.
Great stuff By Anthony on 10/25/2017Anthony would recommend this product to a friendFound an easy way to mix 5 gallons at a time just drop a power head in the bucket and you are good to go.
Great Product By Maria on 11/14/2016Maria would recommend this product to a friendI really like this soda ash. Great service and fast delivery. Very satisfied!
brs bulk soda ash By Chuck on 10/7/2016Chuck would recommend this product to a friendI have had good results from the brs 2 part, this time ordered the 5 gallon size.
Excellent product By DK on 8/21/2016DK wouldn't recommend this product to a friendExcellent product, easy to follow instructions. Love the customer service.
Loving this product By Freddy on 6/20/2016Freddy would recommend this product to a friendAmazing product for a great price !! I never EVER had any issues with it . Thank THANK U BRS for making this amazing hobby a lot easier and cheaper for us .
best two part By Dave on 4/15/2016Dave would recommend this product to a friendMaintains higher PH than B-ionic for my tank, and much cheaper.
Simple way to manage alkalinity By Eric on 3/24/2016Eric would recommend this product to a friendEasy to mix and dose and keeps my alk where I want it.
Soda By Sal on 2/15/2016Sal would recommend this product to a friendExcellent product highly recommend it.
Great Alk By Jason on 1/1/2016Jason would recommend this product to a friendBeen using this for 3 years and it is the only Alk supplement I will ever use. Very consistent and mixes clear in minutes. Great product and corals grow like weeds.
Great produce By Rajkumar on 11/20/2015Rajkumar would recommend this product to a friendHigh Quality product, dissolves crystal clear with out leaving and residue. I saw noticeable growth in my SPS coral and coraline algae after I started doing BRS 2-part with in a month.
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How many gallons of final product do you get from a one gallon size container? Is the suggested mix of two cups per gallon the max that will dissolve, or just the ideal amount? Can you mix it stronger if you want to change the ratio of alk to calc using a dual dosser with a single control for both?
There is 16 cups in a gallon, so if you follow the recipe of 2 cups per gallon of solution it will make 8 gallons of solution.
The 2 cups is both near the maximums solubility and easy unit of measurement to measure. it it will match the dosage for calcium. If you alter the recipe its no longer going to conform to the calculator and the dosage will no longer match up with the calcium. You don't want to alter the ratio of calcium to alkalinity because corals always consume them in a fixed ratio that is the same ratio the solutions are mixed to (so if you mix them up correctly, you should always be dosing matched amounts of calcium and alkalinity solutions).
At the current recipe you could do as you say, control both on the same timer (because the dosages would be matched), if you alter the recipe or solutions that would no longer be possible.
Do i need both sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate to dose for ALK?
Just one or the other will do the trick as they both accomplish the same thing. The difference is that sodium bicarbonate will have a very slight pH lowering effect and sodium carbonate will have a small ph raising effect. If your pH is less then 8.4 normally, most folks go with the soda ash (sodium carbonate).
Been using this product for the last few months. I am generally very pleased with BRS products but I have a little concern regarding this product. When I mix the soda ash with RO?DI water according to the recommendations (been doing this a long time so I know what I am doing) my end result is relatively clear with a hint of cloudiness but has a weird odor. Almost like bad body odor. Shouldn't this product be odorless?
In all likelihood, it sounds like you may have some ammonia remaining in your RODI product output. The Soda Ash itself should have no odor, but if there is any remaining ammonia left over from the chloramines in your tap water, this would not necessarily show up on the TDS meter, but may be present in high enough levels to present a smell. The ammonia would be more noticeable in the soda ash solution due to the very high pH reacting with those molecules.
I notice in some video you mentioned for alkalinity mixture you can use soda ash, our sodium carbonate, or combination.
I have been using sodium carbonate for years and have had good results. Is there any advantage of the one of the three choice I have seen and if so what might they be. I have used pure baking soda. However with one of your great dosing pumps I do have to or I do shake the container often is it necessary to do so . Thanks Ron
The Soda ash (sodium carbonate) Will have a increasing impact on pH in the aquarium. Sodium Bicarbonate will have a slight lowering effect on the tanks pH. This is the main benefit between the two! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
How many pounds is in this size container?
1 Gallon: 7lbs
5 Gallon: 35lbs
What is the concentration when mixed as recommended?
For concentration the solution is completely saturated. Overall the concentration of DKH in the liquid of solution in a 1 gallon jug of 2 part solution will state a DKH around 6100 however this is found by entering 1 gallon as water volume and adding in dry crystals until 2 cups is reached in the full amount. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
"Fill gallon jug 5/6 full with RO/DI or distilled water and pour into empty bucket/bowl." Could you say that, as there is 3.785 liters in an American gallon, I would use 3.785 liers times .83(eg. 5/6) to ge the correct amount of water to be use in the mixture.
Hi I've been using Kalkwasser in my top off water. This has been working well for calcium but I find that I need to dose some Alk in addition to the kalkwasser. Should I stop using kalkwasser altogether and just start 2 part dosing or would it be better to continue using the kalkwasser and does a little sodium ash to make up the difference?
Im currently dosing ESV two part and would like to switch to the soda ash for my alkalinity as my ph is a little low. Is there any issue continuing to use the esv calcium along with the soda ash? I have a ton of ESV calcium and dont really need to but the brs portion now.
You certainly can use our soda ash solution while using ESV calcium. By following the instructions on our reefing calculator to find the proper amount of BRS alkalinity solution you can simply begin dosing BRS alkalinity. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
2 level dry measuring cups of soda ash is equivalent 2oz ?
There is 8 fluid ounces in a standard household measuring cup, so two cups would be equivalent to 16 fluid ounces. This would also be equivalent to about 473mL.