Calcium Reactor Videos

  1. Top pH Probe Mistakes

    Raise the pH Bar in Your Reef Tank & Avoid These pH Probe Issues by Using the Right pH Probe Tool

    Learn how to monitor your pH like a pro and get the best possible results from your electronic pH probe.
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  2. How it works: Calcium reactors explained the easy way - Reef FAQs

    How it works: Calcium reactors explained the easy way - Reef FAQs

    We put together this easy to understand guide to explain how a calcium reactor works for what we feel is the highest percentage path to success. Once you understand these basics, it is easier to develop your own personal approach to suit your tank’s needs, available space and personal budget.
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  3. How much is a calcium reactor vs two part dosing. Is it worth putting on a reef tank? Reef FAQ

    How much is a calcium reactor vs two part dosing. Is it worth putting on a reef tank? Reef FAQ

    Deciding whether or not a calcium reactor is worth the cost is more complex than you might think. A variety of factors should be considered that are very specific to you and your aquarium. Ryan shares his thoughts about the advantages of using a calcium reactor and lays out the numbers in this weeks BRStv Reef FAQs.
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  4. Calcium reactor setup - The easy way for your reef aquarium - Reef FAQs

    Calcium reactor setup - The easy way for your reef aquarium - Reef FAQs

    Calcium reactors and the word “easy” in the same sentence is sort of an oxymoron because reactors get a bad rap for being difficult. The facts are, once you understand the concept it really is not all that hard. Our mission here is to share the easiest approach to calcium reactor setup that an average reefer can do with readily available equipment. A calcium reactor uses carbon dioxide to melt old coral skeleton and enrich the tank water with calcium and alkalinity. Presumably, in the same ratio that the new coral skeleton will use it. In addition, other elements bound up in the coral skeleton, such as strontium, are also added in the process. Calcium reactors are often presented as these complex devices that require all sorts of tuning but that is nonsense. They can look intimidating just because of all the plumbing, chambers and tubing but operationally they are quite simple. All you need to do is set it up to dose a consistent strength solution of calcium and alkalinity and then adjust how much you dose each day based on your tank’s demand. Before reading further, it is important to familiarize yourself with the basic concept and we have some excellent videos about calcium reactors so here is a round up of videos to get you started. BRStv Calcium Reactor Videos Establishing a consistent effluent starts with a stable pH First, you need to create a consistent effluent solution 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The effluent solution being dosed into your tank should always contain the same concentration of dissolved calcium and alkalinity. A steady pH inside the reactor is the ticket and is what maintains a stable strength solution. The exact concentration may vary a bit with different media types and reactor designs, regardless they all can produce a consistent solution. During one of our BRStv Investigates videos we demonstrated a stable concentration at various pH setpoints using a Vertex RX-C 6D Calcium Reactor and Two Little Fishies Reborn Calcium Reactor Media. The results from our experiment above show that the pH setpoint negotiates the strength and we covered the entire pH range that most reefers would keep. The pH setpoint of 6.5 is best and will be the safest setpoint to

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  5. Are some calcium reactor media types more potent than others? - BRStv Investigates

    Are some calcium reactor media types more potent than others? - BRStv Investigates

    Although there is a relatively small selection of popular calcium reactor media, people still ask which one is the best? Trying to truly define the “BEST” is difficult because it can be subjective based on an individual’s needs and preferences. So when it comes to choosing calcium reactor media, the decision could be made on lowest cost, size options, highest purity or where the media was sourced, dissolvability, amount of major/minor/trace elements they provide, or even just by popularity and longest history of users overall. Either way, there is definitely more information to be learned about the various reactor medias. At the very minimum, we attempt to answer the following question. Do different types of Calcium Reactor medias have different max saturation points? This data will determine if one media will provide a higher concentration of calcium carbonate over another at a given pH point and when combined with the various other aspects of the media will help you choose the right tool for the job in YOUR tank. The Experiment We have already collected some data in a previous BRStv Investigates experiment for Two Little Fishies Reborn inside a Vertex RX-C 6D Calcium Reactor. We tested the maximum saturation of the reactor effluent (outlet) solution by measuring the alkalinity concentration coming out of the reactor at the common pH set points of 6.4 and 6.8 with a very slow flow rate of 5mL/minute. So we applied this same experiment model to the two other leading calcium reactor media choices with similar size granules; the Caribsea ARM Coarse and Brightwell Aquatics CoraLazarus. The results of our experiment also give us some insight into how the different granule size and shapes affect the effluent concentration. When comparing all three, you can see some obvious differences. The Two Little Fishies Reborn is without a doubt small bits of very porous coral skeleton in a variety of shapes. CaribSea and Brightwell are both more evenly shaped and less porous aragonite media with the CoraLazarus being slightly smaller in granule size on average. pH Setpoint 6.4 After a full 24hrs of each media running at this low range pH setpoint of 6.4, the graph above shows the results from our alkalinity tests. Although the Brightwell and CaribSea seem to be very similar media types, it looks like the slightly smaller granule of Brightwell’s CoraLazarus creates more surface area making it easier for the CO2 to dissolve the media resulting in an average 5% higher concentration. We can also see the very porous coral skeletons and therefore high surface area of Two Little Fishies Reborn resulted in much higher average concentrations all around; 7% higher than CoraLazarus and 12% more than CaribSea ARM. pH Setpoint 6.8 Again, we recorded a difference between the three media types at this higher setpoint of 6.8. Surprisingly, the increase in concentration from the Two Little Fishies media over the other two was even more pronounced at this higher setpoint. Reborn produced a solution that was 15% more concentrated compared to CaribSea ARM Coarse and 16% more than Brightwell Aquatics CoraLazarus. We also noticed a less pronounced difference in the similar aragonite type

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  6. Do secondary calcium reactor chambers scrub excess CO2 & increase effluent pH? - BRStv Investigates

    Do secondary calcium reactor chambers scrub excess CO2 & increase effluent pH? - BRStv Investigates

    Every calcium reactor has a primary chamber that recirculates CO2 and melts the calcium reactor media, however, some reactors have a secondary reaction chamber intended to be filled with additional calcium carbonate media. This secondary or effluent chamber is then supposed to increase the pH of the solution by removing some of the dissolved CO2 and also increase the calcium carbonate concentration because of the longer contact time with the media. We put this to the test in order to answer two questions: 1. Will secondary calcium reactor chambers, intended to off-gas excess CO2, really result in a higher pH of the effluent/outlet solution and therefore help to maintain a higher pH in the display? 2. Will the secondary chamber increase the potency (amount of dissolved calcium carbonate) of the calcium reactor’s effluent solution? Calcium reactors will typically cause a slight drop in average pH values inside your

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  7. Does the calcium reactor flow rate REALLY matter? - BRStv Investigates

    Does the calcium reactor flow rate REALLY matter? - BRStv Investigates

    We believe that the easiest way to adjust a calcium reactor is by changing the flow rate, but what does that actually do inside the reactor? Today, we find out the effect of different flow rates on calcium reactor potency for alkalinity and calcium! #BRStvInvestigates #BRStv Hey, get out and vote.... on our Reef2Reef Poll that is! Vote Now! Join the fun over on our #AskBRStv Facebook Group! JOIN #AskBRStv Today on BRStv, we have a brand new episode of our series, BRStv Investigates. In this series, we explore popular reefing theories, products, methods, and what the manuals are missing, with a focus on putting them to the test! *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented

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  8. Is calcium reactor tuning hard to do? Not any more! | ReefFAQs

    Is calcium reactor tuning hard to do? Not any more! | ReefFAQs

    If you're looking to set up a calcium reactor on your reef tank and need help tuning a calcium reactor, today on ReefFAQs we've got the tools, tips and tricks to setup a calcium reactor on your tank! #ReefFAQs   Calcium Reactor Calculator Jdieck's Calcium Reactor Calculator   Social Links #AskBRStv Facebook Group Reef2Reef calcium reactor discussion here   Helpful Links Easy 2-part dosing reef calculator here! Hanna Alkalinity Checker Kamoer continuous duty dosing pump TLF Reborn calcium reactor media   On BRStv Reef FAQs we're all about quick and straight to the point answers for questions that reefers ask all the time, in an effort to help make your reefing life a bit more fun and easy!   *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic Sales Solutions, Inc. and its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim

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  9. How to change from 2 part dosing to a Calcium Reactor? - BRStv ReefFAQs

    How to change from 2 part dosing to a Calcium Reactor? - BRStv ReefFAQs

    How do you change your reef tank over to a calcium reactor from 2 part? ReefFAQs not only has an answer for how to replace 2 part dosing with a calcium reactor, we even found an easy calculator to help you setup a calcium reactor on your saltwater tank! #ReefFAQs Check Out Jdieck's Calcium Reactor Calculator Here Randy posted this one on our #AskBRStv Facebook Group. Go To #AskBRStv Our Reef2Reef conversation about switching to a CaRx! Hop Over to Reef2Reef Now! EASY 2-PART REEF CALCULATOR On BRStv Reef FAQs we're all about quick and straight to the point answers for questions that reefers ask all the time, in an effort to help make your reefing life a bit more fun and easy! *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic Sales Solutions, Inc. and its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express

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  10. How does Calcium Reactor potency change at different pH points? ANSWER!  - BRStv Investigates

    How does Calcium Reactor potency change at different pH points? ANSWER! - BRStv Investigates

    Today we set to finally solve some unknowns surrounding Calcium Reactors in order to help make them easier to understand and easier for you to use with your reef tank. In this investigative episode, Randy will reveal just how potent the solution inside the CaRx can be and how that changes with pH! #BRStvInvestigates #BRStv Hey, get out and vote.... on our Reef2Reef Poll that is! VOTE NOW Join the fun over on our #AskBRStv Facebook Group! JOIN #AskBRStv Today! Today on BRStv, we have a brand new episode of our series, BRStv Investigates. In this series, we explore popular reefing theories, products, methods, and what the manuals are missing, with a focus on putting them to the test! *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in

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