Calcium Reactor vs. Kalkwasser

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by Blade_Runner, Dec 20, 2004.

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  1. Blade_Runner

    Blade_Runner Gigas Clam

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    Hi,

    My new advanced w/d has a chamber for a calcium reactor and a fresh water top off. I was and still may simply add Kalk to the tank via the f/w top off, but I have a buddy that swears by his reactor.

    Does anyone have and real long term experience with a reactor? Are they worth the big $s or are they just an expensive toy?

    Thanks,

    Bruce
     
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  3. Birdlady

    Birdlady Finback Whale

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    Well, I think Jason here has one....hope he will chime in.

    I do know that Kalkwasser offers the added advantage of precipitating phosphates from the water, helps pH, and helps Alkalinity.

    Questions I might ask would be, if you have a calcium reactor, do you also need the CO2 reactor to maintain pH levels?

    Could you fit a Kalk reactor in the same space? That might be an option as well.

    ;D
     
  4. Matt Rogers

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  5. Blade_Runner

    Blade_Runner Gigas Clam

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    Yeah, right now I'm rolling up on $3k on the replacement tank and feeling the pinch. At least for the short run, I'm going to stay with adding Kalk.

    I'm not sure what brand he has. I only looked at it once. He is in Atlanta. It's in a 260 in his conference room. I'll be back there 1/20 and will look closer. The boy have more $ than he knows what to do with. Plus the tank was professionally set up and maintained so I assume it's top drawer.
     
  6. Blade_Runner

    Blade_Runner Gigas Clam

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    BTW,

    Thanks for the link. Good read.
     
  7. Matt Rogers

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    No problem, let me know what you do. :)