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Brightwell Aquatics Reef Code B - Balanced Calcium & Alkalinity System - Part B (Alk.)

Brightwell Aquatics Reef Code B - Balanced Calcium & Alkalinity System - Part B (Alk.)

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Brightwell Aquatics Reef Code B - Balanced Calcium & Alkalinity System - Part B (Alk.) Information




Overview
  • The carbonate-bearing component of a two-part method for dosing calcium and carbonates (the substances largely responsible for increasing alkalinity (”buffering capacity”)) in the same ratio as that found in natural seawater.
  • Ionically-balanced with respect to natural seawater concentrations of calcium and carbonates when used in equal amounts with Reef Code A.
  • Benefits reef-building organisms such as corals, clams, calcareous algae, etc.
  • Simplifies calcium and alkalinity maintenance.
  • Stronger than most competing products.
  • Contains no phosphate, silicate, or organic material.
  • Formulated by a marine scientist.
Technical Background
This method of calcium and carbonate supplementation is advantageous to hobbyists interested in a simple and effective solution to providing the very elements and molecules required for growth of reef-building organisms such as corals, clams, and their allies. Corals and other reef-building organisms require adequate and stable available calcium and alkalinity if they are to thrive, regardless of how perfect the remainder of their environment is. Under most conditions, the mineral that is secreted as skeletal material is known as Aragonite, composed mostly of carbonate and calcium by weight. Reef-building organisms must extract these substances from the surrounding water in order to secrete new skeletal material for growth. By maintaining the same ratio of calcium ions and carbonates in an aquarium as that found in natural seawater, these organisms have the necessary building blocks available in the proper proportions, even if the hobbyist chooses to maintain higher concentrations of these substances.
For maximum effectiveness of the Reef Code method, the magnesium concentration in reef aquaria should be adjusted to, and maintained between, 1,290 - 1,320 ppm before using these products (alone or together) or any other calcium and alkalinity products. Doing so helps prevent unwanted precipitation between calcium and carbonate ions. Additional information on this subject is available on our website and on the label for Brightwell Aquatics Magnesion.
The rate at which calcium and carbonates are extracted from the water is determined by the stocking density of reef-building livestock, type of lighting, and other conditions; therefore, each aquarium will have different requirements for the rate of supplementation. Once the rate of alkalinity depletion in the aquarium has been determined, the proper dosing rate of this product can be easily calculated.

Instructions and Guidelines
Basic: Shake product well before using. Add 5 ml (1 capful) of product per 25 US-gallons of aquarium water every other day or as needed to maintain the alkalinity within a range of 7 - 12 dKH. When used in this fashion, 250 ml treats up to 1,250 US-gallons (4,732 L). When used in equal amounts with Reef Code A, the calcium and carbonates being added are in the same ratio found in natural seawater. Do not mix products in the same container; this will cause the active components to precipitate and become ineffective. Allow 60 seconds to pass between dosing with Reef Code A and B.
Advanced: Determine the alkalinity in the aquarium using an accurate test kit before supplementing. Shake this product well before each use. Each ml of Brightwell Aquatics Reef Code B will increase the alkalinity in 1 US-gallon (3.785 L) of water by approximately 2.22 dKH (0.79 meq/L). If the initial alkalinity in the aquarium is below 7 dKH (2.5 meq/L), add this product at the maximum rate of 5 ml per 10 US-gallons daily until the desired alkalinity is attained, then dose daily or weekly as needed (see below). Note that each aquarium has different requirements for calcium and carbonates (which largely constitute Alkalinity or Buffering Capacity, hence pH-stability); therefore, it is not uncommon for unequal amounts of Reef Code A and B to be required for obtaining and maintaining the desired calcium concentration and alkalinity. To determine the daily dosing rate for alkalinity maintenance: estimate the volume of water in the entire aquarium system; divide the daily decrease in alkalinity by 2.22 (when measuring alkalinity by dKH; divide by 0.79 when measuring by meq/L); multiply this number by the volume of water in the system to get the daily dosage required (ml) to maintain a stable alkalinity.

Caution: Contains carbonate and bicarbonate salts; harmful if swallowed. If swallowed: give water, get medical attention. May cause eye or skin irritation. If in eyes, flush with water for 15 minutes, get medical attention. If on skin, wash thoroughly with water. Keep out of reach of children. Not for human consumption.

Guaranteed Analysis
Alkalinity or Buffering Capacity (min) 8,400 dKH (3,000 meq/L)
Ingredients
Purified water, inorganic Carbonate, Bicarbonate, Sulfate, and Borate salts




Manufacturer Info

Brightwell Aquatics Aquarium Supplies
The goal of Brightwell Aquatics is to provide the absolute highest quality, scientifically-sound products and customer service of any aquarium water care manufacturer, and to do it all in a straight-forward and honorable fashion. All Brightwell products are formulated by marine scientists with a passion for the aquarium hobby. They utilize the highest purity ingredients in concentrations that provide the most use to hobbyists. Nearly all Brightwell Aquatics products are over 99.9% pure. The usage guidelines of Brightwell Aquatics products are written in plain language but the company is always available to answer consumer questions. All products are lot numbered for quality control and customer service.

Brightwell Aquatics Reef Code B - Balanced Calcium & Alkalinity System - Part B (Alk.) Reviews



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Posted: 1/5/2012 from TITUSVILLE, FL UNITED STATES
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Comments: I have used reef code part A&B for over a year with a auto dosing pump. I have found that I do not need to use as much as other products I have tried. My corals and fish seem very happy since I dose every 12 hr's and it maintains the ph and other parameters at a very consistent level.


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Posted: 2/24/2010 from MARTINSBURG, WV UNITED STATES
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Comments: this works great, as do any products from Brightwell. I use this and only this in my tank with no need for any other additive.


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Posted: 12/24/2009 from TUCSON, AZ UNITED STATES
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Comments: works like it supposed to. I wouldn't say its any better or worse than any other two part system on the market, but it works good.


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Posted: 10/20/2009 from CHANDLER, TX UNITED STATES
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Comments: I use this along with the Calcium and it is great! my corals have doubled in size and there color is beautiful. I was using ESV but this is a better product. I would highly recommend this product. Thanks Tonya


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Posted: 2/1/2009 from MANHATTAN BEACH, CA UNITED STA
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Comments: Obviously you use the A&B together. I have been able to keep the reef tank environment extremely stable using their products. I like the fact that even in the larger size the products come fully mixed and ready to go (I used the ESV and you had to dilute with RO water). I use a number of the Brightwell products and have found them to be fabulous. I am starting to use them exclusively when they have a product designed for the need. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION


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