im dying to use kalkwasser but im still a lil afraid (can kill with a massive ph spike if not added properly)
so i play it safe and use seachems advantage calcium and seachems alkaline (not the buffer just the one that says alk)
im not about to add something that my tank can die if i make a mistake
the seachem stuff is a safe ph 8.3 so i dont have to worry
its pretty gentle, i actually had to double the dose to get the results i wanted
I use Balanced Ionic from 2 little fishies occasionally. I do drip Kalk as my top off water. Couldn't get much easier to be honest. I put the pickling lime in my 5 gal bucket filled with RO/DI water, mix it a while w/ a small powerhead, let it settle for a while.......I then put the lid back on ( I have two holes in the top...1 hole is a vent w/ some airline tubing so no debris gets in, and the second hole has Rigid airline tubing that goes about 1 1/2" off of the bottom as to not collect the excess Kalk. The rigid is then connected to flexible airline tubing running to the sump w/ a valve on the end to regulate. I start the siphon by mouth, and control the drip w/ the valve.
Sorry for the long explaination. Here's a picture (not a beautiful setup, but this is how it evolved!).
the thing with kalk, is people say its easy but you cant get much easier than opening up a jar and adding a teaspoon. kalk to me isnt "easy" and its certainly not quick
i heard about the a+b ionic, i was gonna try that one. i went with seachem instead, no reason, maybe i just like powder :nuts:
I guess I'm "oversimplifiying" this one It intimidated me for quite a while to be honest. Problem was I needed a top off system as well as a way to maintain Ca/Alk, and PH. I didn't want float switches, pumps etc to mess with for an auto top off so I needed another way.
I watched an episode of TalkingReef Podcast (great little webcast) where he makes one out of a gallon container. I realized a gallon would only last about a day and a half, so I adapted it with a 5 gallon bucket. Now I have my top off system, and a way to help maintain my Ca/alk. Not to mention a pound container of Pickling lime is 4 dollars at the grocery and will last almost a year!!
As for the powder prob. I agree with the good doctor there.... Seek some help