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Reef Builder raises carbonate alkalinity without immediately impacting on pH levels. With long term use there will be a tendency to stabilise pH at 8.3
Carbonates and calcium are essential to all coral growth. If either becomes deficient, coral growth will cease, followed by a rapid decline in coral health.
To prevent this you must provide calcium and carbonate. When used as directed, Reef Builder will not deplete calcium, magnesium or strontium which usually tend to precipitate with increasing alkalinity.
Reef Builder and Reef Buffer may be used together.
Use 3g (1/2 level teaspoon) per 150 L twice a week. Dissolve in at least 250 ml (1 cup) of freshwater. Check alkalinity every 2 weeks and adjust amount or frequency accordingly.
Check alkalinity, then follow addition regimen above until alkalinity is adjusted to 4–5 meq/L. Each 3 g/150 L will raise alkalinity by about 0.25 meq/L. Quantity or frequency can be adjusted, but do not exceed 12 g/150 L per day. Thereafter, use as required to maintain alkalinity.
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=0.08va (m=grams to add to top off water, v=volume of tank in liters, a=amount to raise alkalinity in meq/L). For example, if you want to raise your alkalinity by 1 meq/L in a 200 liter tank, then you would add 0.08x200x1=16 g into the top–off water. [For reference: 1 gallon=3.8 liters, 6 g=1 teaspoon].
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.
Contains carbonate, bicarbonate, chloride, and sulfate salts of sodium, magnesium, calcium, strontium, and potassium. Each gram contains a minimum of 12 meq of alkalinity.