||Restores and maintains alkalinity in reef aquariums
||Prevents calcium and carbonate deficiencies in saltwater aquariums
||Provides essential levels of alkalinity for coral growth and health
Concentrated liquid blend of carbonate and bicarbonate salts designed to restore and maintain alkalinity in reef aquariums. Reef Carbonate allows proper coral growth and health by providing and maintaining alkalinity and by preventing calcium and carbonate deficiencies in reef systems. Will not deplete calcium, magnesium, or strontium, all of which tend to precipitate with increasing alkalinity. 500 ml bottle treats 2,000 gallons.
BEGINNER: Use 1 capful (5 mL) per 80 L (20 gallons) twice a week. Best if diluted into a cup of freshwater, then added. Check alkalinity every 2 weeks and adjust dose or frequency accordingly.
ADVANCED: Check alkalinity, then follow dosing regimen above until alkalinity is adjusted to 4–5 meq/L. Each dose will raise alkalinity by about 0.25 meq/L. Size or frequency of dose can be adjusted, but do not exceed 1 meq/L per day. Thereafter, use as required to maintain alkalinity.
EXPERT: After determining the alkalinity consumption rate, set up a continuous drip system. Use the following formula to determine how much to add to your top-off water: m=va (m=mL of product to add to top off water, v=volume of tank in gallons, a=amount to raise alkalinity in meq/L). For example, if you want to raise alkalinity by 1 meq/L in a 50 gallon tank, then you would add 50x1=50†mL into the top-off water.
HINTS: Best to pour in gradually near strong water movement. Do not add to a sump or other area of slow water exchange.
Reef alkalinity should be maintained at 3–5 meq/L (8–14 dKH). Alkalinity should not be allowed to fall below 2 meq/L.
PRECAUTIONS: DO NOT OVERDOSE: Excess alkalinity may enhance the loss of calcium, magnesium, and strontium. Do not directly mix with any calcium, magnesium, or strontium supplement. Best if calcium & carbonate additives are added on alternate days or at least 30 minutes apart.