Natures Perfect Balance • Ionically Balanced • All Natural 100%
Calcium Carbonate is a compound of calcium and carbonate that corals produce to form their skeletal structure. In the aquarium hobby we normally look at these two chemicals in the aspect of calcium levels and alkalinity levels. Alkalinity is a reflection of the levels of carbonates in the water but can be explained as thus. Alkalinity is the measure of how much acid it would take to remove the carbonate from the water column.
Stony based corals use both Calcium and carbonate (Alkalinity) to build there stony structure. In a enclosed environment such as the reef aquarium the levels of both calcium and alkalinity quickly become to low for the coral to precipitate the calcium into there skeletal structure. By dosing Calcium carbonate you are able to add both the beneficial calcium and alkalinity elements into the water in there natural found formulation.
Most aquarists use a widely available two part system to add calcium and carbonate to there reef aquarium. Most of these two parts use salt compounds such as calcium chloride, sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, borate salts. The downside to using this system is it requires constant testing of the aquarium water to properly balance the aquarium to ideal levels. Calcium reactors are also a common way of adding calcium carbonate to the aquarium and work well. However they are very costly and require regular maintenance. Another type of aquarium additive is the Ideal all natural one step calcium carbonate buffer. One step additives normally use natural means of adding both calcium and carbonate to the aquarium water. For instance Calcium Carbonator uses three naturally mined minerals that contain calcium carbonate and contain high concentrations of the proper trace elements for coral growth. Additionally magnesium is added as a calcium stabilizer. This usage of a one part additive has conclusively given better results then calcium reactors or any other means of dosing trace elements to the aquarium. The results speak for themselves.
Note:Each tank has a different consumption rate of calcium and the ideal dosage amount will vary from tank to tank. Factors depend on the tank size, bio load and amount of coral life in the system.
Introduce the product to the tank by increments of 10 ml-20 ml per 100 gallons at first to discover how much the calcium levels rise. After testing for calcium, up the amount until you reach a level of calculable calcium consumption. Calcification occurs at levels of 400-450 parts per million(ppm)
Once the dosage amount has been met you will want to split the dosage amount in half and dose once in the morning, once at night mimicking your daily fish feeding schedule. This is done to maintain stability an avoid any spikes or valleys in your tank.
Within the first week the results will be seen and please tell us in our reviews section, what reef results you saw in your tank. We appreciate the feedback.