Questions about Balling methode

Bojan

New member
I am thinking about Balling method to replace my system , which now consists of Ca reactor and limewater.

Ca and alkalinity consumption is quite high in my aquarium (10 g of Ca every day).

I calculated that I will need approximately 1 kg of CaCl2 x 2H2O and 1 kg of NaHCO3 each month. I suppose that salt without NaCl will not be necessary , because I replace 5% water every week.

Is this correct ?

I found information that 715 g calcium chloride dehydrate have to be dissolved in 10 l of RO water. Is it possible to use less than 10 liters of RO water ?I have same question for Natriumhydrogencarbonat. I found information that 840 gram Natriumhydrogencarbonat have to be dissolved in 10 l of RO water.

What will happen with solution of calcium chloride dehydrate and Natriumhydrogencarbonat with RO water during time.Can I prepare solution 1 month in advance? Is it required that canisters with solutions are closed ?

One question more.
I dosing is not automated (that is actually question for my nano), how much solutions can I add at once.
 

Randy Holmes-Farley

Reef Chemist
Premium Member
Is this correct ?

Well, maybe. Craig's articles discuss the buildup of NaCl with or without water changes:

Simulating the Effect of Calcium Chloride and Sodium Bicarbonate Additions on Reef Systems
http://web.archive.org/web/20010210...twork.com/fish2/aqfm/1998/dec/bio/default.asp

Additional Simulations: The Combined Effect Of Calcium Chloride
/Sodium Bicarbonate Additions And Water Exchanges
http://web.archive.org/web/20010210...twork.com/fish2/aqfm/1999/feb/bio/default.asp

Why are you thinking of switching?
 

Randy Holmes-Farley

Reef Chemist
Premium Member
I found information that 715 g calcium chloride dehydrate have to be dissolved in 10 l of RO water.

That is ridiculous. It will dissolve in far less water. Maybe even in 1 L.

The baking soda is far less soluble. My DIY two part (Recipe 2) is about at the solubility limit:

An Improved Do-it-Yourself Two-Part Calcium and Alkalinity Supplement System
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-02/rhf/index.php

Remember you cannot mix them, but once dissolved they are stable for a long time.

If you are making solutions, I'd use my DIY recipe. :)
 

Bojan

New member
Why are you thinking of switching? [/B]

Corals grow very fast in my aquarium , so Ca reactor operate on the maximum and I also dose limewater.

I have KH=8 and Ca=380ppm, so I would like to increase Ca more.
 

OCEAN SIZE

BACK REEFIN'
VERY cool link/article RHF. As always :D

Would you recommend your dosing system as a replacement or supplement for reactor / kalkwasser?
 

Randy Holmes-Farley

Reef Chemist
Premium Member
I use limewater only for my tank, but if you do not want to use it, then it is a fine independent method, or one that can supplement a second method however you need. :)
 
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