balling method

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  1. {Nano}Reefer

    {Nano}Reefer Dragon Wrasse

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    how old is this method? I'm guessing its fairly new to the sates..? I've never even heard of it... but it does sound like a great method if you have a tank larger than 10 gallons :lol:
     
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  3. reef_guru

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  4. Froc3

    Froc3 Fire Goby

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    :D Nice. I would say it's probably his though because he was alive and practicing first :p I'm sure there were people before him, but I believe this is the way to go. I use this as a method for adding new stuff, but in the back of my mind, for whatever reason, water changes are still necessary
     
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    reef_guru Humpback Whale

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    balling method:
    1) remove the same amount of tank water that is added
    2) small weekly water changes

    2-part dosing and this method are different


    heres a dosing pump found in the u.s.a. since grotech is hard to find, if anybody finds others please post
    http://www.cherrycorals.com/product.php?productid=35&cat=0&page=1
    froc gave an idea of gravity dosing instead of a pump, any thoughts?


    heres the FM NaCl free salt, if anybody finds others please post
    https://www.cherrycorals.com/equipment/product.php?productid=887&cat=143&page=1




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  6. reef_guru

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    well i decided to give it a try, received the supplies from bulkreefsupply today. each category is mixed with 1 gallon of ro/di in 3 different containers. as expected the CaCl2 got hot, but the MgSO4/MgCl got cold.

    1) Ca: 2 cups
    2) dKH: 2 cups
    3) Mg: 3 cups MgSO4 and 5 cups MgCl

    dosed 150cc each, raised the salinity in the tank from 1.026 to 1.028, so i took out 450 cc tank water and the salinity is back to 1.026

    calculator:
    www.TwoPartSolution.com - Two Part Solution

    im going to go with the complete balling method instead of the balling light method. still waiting for the other stuff to come in.
     
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  9. Otty

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    You using your quad doser or did you pick up another one??
     
  10. reef_guru

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    i actually have two quads that im using

    1) Ca,Sr
    2) dKH,boron
    3) Mg
    4) NaCl free saltwater in
    5) tank water out
    6) trace elements
    7) amino acids/vitamins
    8) plankton
     
  11. ZachB

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    Reef_guru - how's this method working so far for you?
     
  12. Froc3

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    Yeah, would like an update :) Do you have any problems with you additives settling? I had a small problem with that in the bags. I tested the stuff at the bottom compared to the top of the bags and the bottom actually contained higher concentrations so I had to continuously shake them to mix it up a bit.