Baking soda for alkalinity

cpballer

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What is the right amount of baking soda to bake and to put in 1 gallon jug? I seen people on YouTube use 1lb(one box) then I seen the "œrecepi #1" Then there's recepi #2. I just wanna make 1 gallon jug and dose manually. Also it says on the calculator from dr Farley-Holmes recepi#1 calculator that's I would need 217 ml of it to reach my desired level. Can I do this over 2 weeks? Like 217 ml divided by 14 days? Also I'm planning to use Seachem reef advantage calcium, is that ok to use something else for two part and not use dr Farley Holmes calcium part. Thanks
 

ThePurple12

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Have you seen this article? It'll tell you everything you need to know.

http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-02/rhf/index.php

You're supposed to bake 2 1/4 cups of baking soda, then add it to a gallon of RODI. That makes the alkalinity part.

For dosing, you test your water, wait a week or so, then test again. Go to the calculator (http://reef.diesyst.com/chemcalc/chemcalc.html) and find out how much alkalinity you need to add to bring it back up to normal, then divide that by 7 (or the number of days you waited). That's how you figure out your daily dose.

I don't know about using something else for Randy's calcium part, I would just recommend making it. It's the cheapest option out there and works just as well.

Make sense?
 

ryeguyy84

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Baking soda will raise alk but not have much effect on PH so it can be used to raise alk. Baked baking soda (sodium carbonate) will raise alk as well as ph.

So if you have a higher pH go with baking soda, if you have a lower PH bake the baking soda to make sodium carbonate.
 

Imaexpat2

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Why not just drip Kalwasser at night when your tank is on a reverse light cycle? It works and there is little guess work involved as far as how to use...just drip it slowly. Not hating just tossing that out there for thought...
 

ThePurple12

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Why not just drip Kalwasser at night when your tank is on a reverse light cycle? It works and there is little guess work involved as far as how to use...just drip it slowly. Not hating just tossing that out there for thought...

Not that I've tried this, but it seems like simply dripping it slowly without any measurement wouldn't work. I believe baking soda is better at raising alk anyway.
 

Imaexpat2

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Its a great way to raise Alk only. But dont forget that there are several things that effect water Chemistry and many are tied together. I have just found that Kalk +2 is really good at keeping Alk, Calcium, Magnesium and Stronium at the proper ratio easier and better than lot of other things....
 
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