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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-15-2009, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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CaCL is marketed in a pure form as Pickle Crisp. Has anyone ever purchased and used that for raising calcium?
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No, but I have bought grant's stump remover (pure KNO3) and Fleet enema (pure PO4 monobasic and dibasic) for aquarium use. The compounds we use are common for other purposes in most cases. I would have to test that one before using it though because of the chlorine in the compound. I've seen KCL used in aquaria to raise K so it would probably be okay. Without someone posting up that they've used it I wouldn't without testing on some feeder goldies in a 10 gallon though.
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I use CaCL2 for raising Calcium in my tank. Doesn't take mcuh to rasie the GH. Just remember you need to use Magnesiumn also in the mix. Also GH and KH are relative to one another for adequate plant uptake.


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Haven't used that product, but a lot of Reefers will use Mrs. Wages Pickling Lime for maintaining calcium levels (Kalkwasser). The best way to raise calcium levels is, IMO, by use of a reactor.
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Some use plaster of paris, I personally use the DAP brand, for raising calcium. It's CaSO4(75%) and CaCO3 (%25). The carbonate doesn't dissolve very easily so I add the mix to a bottle and fill it with tank water, shake it, pour it and repeat a few times. The tank is quite cloudy right after so I usually do this after lights out and it's clear by the next morning. I also add MgSO4 by epsom salts.

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