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Calcium Reactor Videos

  1. BRStv Product Spotlight-Reef Octopus VarioS Calcium Reactors

    Reef Tank Calcium Reactors Are Coming Back With Style! Reef Octopus VarioS Calcium Reactors

    Can a calcium reactor really be an easy answer to your calcium and alkalinity supplementation? Yes, it can and Reef Octopus is a perfect choice.
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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...

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  6. 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...

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  7. 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...

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  8. 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...

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