Ecosystem Aquarium (Balling Method) Calcium Refill Pack (A, B, C)

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EcoSystem Aquarium The Balling Method - calcium powder mixtures for 1 gallon each of 3-part calcium supplement (A: carbonate alkalinity B: minerals and calcium C: calcium & magnesium)

Description: Adds essential calcium, alkalinity and magnesium for all reef inhabitants.
ECO (Balling Method) CALCIUM 3-Part Supplement

Background:

Continued improvements in techniques, and advancements in aquarium technology, have made the successful maintenance and propagation of more and more corals in the reef aquarium a reality, and have necessitated the development of some type of effective dosing system to deliver elements, such as calcium and carbonates, which are vital to the well-being of many of these reef-building organisms. In the early 1970s, a breakthrough in this area was made by German aquarist, Peter Wilkens, who advocated the use of calcium carbonate water in the aquarium. In this method, a saturated calcium hydroxide solution was “fed” into the aquarium, drop by drop, via a thin tube, but, this technique also caused a significant rise in pH.In 1994, Ernst Pawlowsky, of Germany, introduced a new method of calcium supplementation, which soon became quite popular in the United States — Calcium part A and Calcium part B. At the same time, Rolf Hebbinghaus, of Germany, produced the calcium reactor, and Hans-Werner Balling developed the “Balling Method” of calcium supplementation.By 1996, continued improvements in the Balling Method made it the mothod of choice for dosing reef aquariums with essential elements, such as calcium, magnesium, among others, and maintaing adequate carbonate hardness (alkalinity). When used correctly, all levels of major elements remain constant, with calcium levels at 420 mg/l, magnesium at about 1300 mg/l and carbonate alkalinity at 7 dKH.According to numerous German aquarists who have been using the Balling Method (see Steps 1-5 below), although this methodology has accounted for a doubling is size of small-polyped stony (SPS) corals in their aquariums within about 100 days, coloration has been compromised unless the following trace elements are also add (Step 6): Iodine, iron, strontium and NF Metal. What follows is a comprehensive, step by step, description of the ECO Balling Method for supplement calcium, magnesium and other minerals and trace elements, and maintaing carbonate alkalinity at natural seawater levels.

Instructions for use:

Step 1* — before using the ECO (Balling Method) CALCIUM 3-Part Supplement, measure all vital parameters in the reef aquarium with commercial test kits, including those for carbonate alkalinity (dKH), calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg). Make the following adjustments (in the exact order) if:…the Mg level is below 1300 ppm, adjust to a level of 1300 to 1400 ppm by using a magnesium supplement, such as ECO MAGNESIUM liquid (for established aquariums with livestock) or ECO MAGNESIUM powder (for new aquariums with no livestock). See instructions for use.…the Ca level is below 400 ppm, adjust to a level of 420 to 439 ppm, by using a calcium supplement, such as ECO (Balling Method) CALCIUM Part C (for establish aquariums with livestock) or ECO KALKWASSER and ECO CALCIUM PLUS (for new aquariums with no livestock). See instructions for use.…the carbonate alkalinity level is below 7.0 dKH, adjust the carbonate alkalinity to 7.0 using ECO (Balling Method) CALCIUM Part A (for established aquariums with livestock) or ECO BUFFER dKH (for new aquariums with no livestock). *Step 1 should be performed only once.

Step 2 — to maintain calcium (420-430 ppm), magnesium (1300-1400 ppm), dkH (7.0) and other important parameters at natural seawater levels:Add 1 ounce (30 ml) per 30 U.S. gallons (50 ml/200 liteers) of tank capacity (actual aquarium water volume) per day of each part of the ECO CALCIUM 3-Part Supplement (Parts A, B and C) separately. The dosage may be varied, depending on the stony coral population.

Step 3 — use a saturated calcium hydroxide solution, such as ECO KALKWASSER, at night to replace water lost to evaporation.

Step 4 — monitor carbonate alkalinity (dKH) weekly, as it tends to decrease due to heavy consumption of calcium carbonate by stony corals.

Step 5 — do regular weekly water changes and monitor the salinity (salt content) of the aquarium water, as the salt concentration tends to rise over time for various reasons, including water lost to evaporation; and finally,

Step 6 — supplement weekly with ECO TRACE ELEMENTS (ECO IODINE, ECO IRON, ECO STRONTIUM and ECO NF METAL). See instructions for use.

Enjoy your reefkeeping experience and watch the corals grow!

Manufacturer Info

EcoSystem Aquarium Supplies
EcoSystem Aquarium is an environmentally conscious company that has dedicated over ten years of research to finding a more natural alternative to aquarium keeping. Through extensive experimentation, they have developed the EcoSystem Aquarium filtration method and Miracle Mud substrate. They also developed a variety of natural supplements including Reef Solution, Fish Solution, Fresh Solution, Koi Solution and Garlic Elixir that utilize biological processes found in nature. EcoSystem Aquarium products are proven to create a healthy environment that promotes the overall well-being of animals kept in the tank environment. The EcoSystem method simplifies the maintenance of aquariums by taking out the tedious guesswork, allowing both novice and experienced hobbyists alike to succeed with less effort.

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Iv been using this Eco product for around 6 months. The colors of all my corals in my 75 gallon mixed reef have went from ok to holy cow! I could not of asked for better results, especially for the price! If there's anyone wondering about using this method I say go for it!
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I've been using this product for the past 8 months. So far so good, took a little bit to get my dosing amount down, but after that it's pretty smoth sailing. I use dosing pumps controlled by my Apex to maintain my dosing.
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