|Why Dose Reef Aquariums with Supplements?
For active growth, corals require a stable environment with a steady supply of
calcium, carbonates/bicarbonates, and magnesium. For most reef hobbyists,
the only way to ensure a continuous source of these elements is through routine
supplementation. While there are several methods to reef supplementation
including a wide variety of prepared reef supplements, buying our quality bulk
reef supplements has many advantage - including a distinct financial one.
|Benefits of Drs. Foster and Smith Bulk Reef Supplements|
||Versatile: Our bulk reef supplements have been carefully selected so hobbyists
of all experience levels can maximize their use. Use our supplements individually,
or experienced aquarists can build upon each product to employ an advanced
2-part calcium and alkalinity supplementation program or even the 3-part Balling
supplementation method! To address single parameters, use our Calcium
Chloride to raise calcium levels in reef aquariums, Sodium Carbonate
and/or Sodium Bicarbonate to maintain ideal alkalinity pH levels, and
finally our Magnesium Chloride or Magnesium Sulfate to supplement
magnesium levels important for coral growth as well as desirable macroalgae.
A 2-part calcium and
program can be employed
using our Calcium Chloride
and your choice between
Sodium Carbonate and
Sodium Bicarbonate (or
in combination) based
on preference and your
alkalinity and pH needs.
To achieve ideal calcium
levels between 400 ppm
and 450 ppm, make sure
aquarium alkalinity is kept
between 8 and 12 dKH to
maintain proper calcium
and alkalinity balance.
A 3-part Balling
can be employed by adding
your choice between our
Magnesium Chloride and
Magnesium Sulfate (or
in combination) to the
calcium and alkalinity
levels between 1,250 and
1,350 ppm in addition to the
previously mentioned levels
for calcium and alkalinity
for proper balance between
these three elements.
Automate your 2-part or
program using the
Eshopps IV Dosing Pump,
page 72. The 2-channel
master dosing pump is
perfect for 2-part reef
For 3-part supplementation
programs, upgrade the
Master Unit with a 3-channel
IV-300 Slave Unit.
||Concentrated: Why pay for water? While prepared reef supplements are
extremely convenient, what are you really paying for when you purchase
liquid solutions? Our dry bulk reef supplements deliver concentrated
results. Just one teaspoon of our bulk Calcium Chloride will produce
a 10 gallon solution that will raise calcium levels by 50 ppm.
||Made in the USA Quality: All of our bulk reef supplements are
made in the USA to ensure quality you expect and deserve.
||Smartly Priced: Don't let the cost of routine supplementation eat into your
aquarium budget. Unlike other supplementation methods, our bulk reef
supplements are designed to minimize costs while maximizing results. In
contrast, setting up a calcium reactor can become costly as it requires the
purchase of numerous additional equipment and components such as a pH
controller and a CO2 system for proper operation. Prepared reef supplements are
a smart choice for dosing smaller or midsized aquariums, but costs can quickly
add up when dosing multiple aquariums or very large reef aquarium systems.
|Before beginning any supplementation regimen, always test your aquarium
for the particular element you wish to supplement to establish a baseline.
Furthermore, test, monitor, and record aquarium parameters before and
after supplementation to ensure proper levels and to develop a strong
command over how supplementation affects your particular system.