Reef Builder™ raises carbonate alkalinity (KH) without immediately impacting on pH. With long term use there will be a tendency to stabilize at pH 8.3. Used as directed, Reef Builder™ will not deplete calcium, magnesium, or strontium which usually tend to precipitate with increasing alkalinity. Reef Builder™ and Reef Buffer™ may be used together. Use Reef Builder™ to raise carbonate alkalinity without affecting pH. Use Reef Buffer™ to raise carbonate alkalinity and pH. Reef alkalinity should be maintained at 3–5 meq/L (8–14 dKH). Alkalinity should not be allowed to fall below 2 meq/L.
Sizes: 50 g, 300 g, 600 g, 1.2 kg, 4 kg
A: While both products affect pH and alkalinity, Reef Buffer's™ primary function is affecting pH, while Reef Builder's™ primary function is affecting alkalinity. When pH is the primary concern, use Reef Buffer™. When pH is not an issue, use Reef Builder™ to adjust alkalinity.
A: When dissolving at the prescribed concentrations it is normal for the solution to be somewhat cloudy. Add Reef Builder™ to your RO water, and stir it for a few minutes or let it stand about 10 minutes, then add it to your tank. It will dissolve rapidly at this point. Pre-dissolving Reef Builder™ is recommended mainly as a more gentle delivery method (as opposed to just putting the dry product directly in the tank) not as something you would dose with (in which case you would want it all dissolved). It is also normal for small amounts of the material to not be dissolved if you let the RO or DI water and Reef Builder™ solution sit overnight... small amounts of calcium carbonate can form sometimes within the bottle, and it is this material (chalk) which is very insoluble. It will eventually dissolve in the tank however since the amounts are very small and the volume of the tank is many times greater than the 1 gallon of RO or DI water.
_____(x)____(amount you want to raise alkalinity each week) ÷ 0.25 meq/L (amount that one standard dose raises alkalinity) = ____(a)_____ (how many doses you would need per 150 L to raise alkalinity by (x)
___(a)____ (see (a) above) × 3 g (standard amount of grams per 150 L) = ___(b)____(amount of grams per 150 L needed to raise alkalinity by (x))
____(y)____ (your tank volume) ÷ 150 L (standard dose volume) = ____(c)____(amount of doses you need for (y) )
____(b)___ (see (b) above) × ___(c)___ (see above) = ____(d)____ per week
Divide by 7 to get daily amount
For your reference: We have found that 1 tsp of Reef Builder can be dissolved successfully for every 150 mL of liquid. These calculations would allow for 6.6 tsp (or 33.3 g) per 1 L of liquid. These are only estimations based on our findings, and results may vary in a larger volume of water.
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