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SoloSK71
10-18-2013, 02:20 AM
Curious as to how most people dose.

Choose your poll answer, I am very interested in the results :)

Charles

The Guy
10-18-2013, 02:36 AM
I have 2 tanks and manual dose both of them.

banditpowdercoat
10-18-2013, 03:36 AM
150g softie, and never dose, Acctually don't change water that often either. Zoa's Shrooms, Crocea Clam, all doing well, Of and fishes too HEHEHE

reefwars
10-18-2013, 03:37 AM
2 part via perialistic dosers

If I had to manual dose I would be there all day my system uses way more than I can dose at once or twice a day so now its slowly all day and night:)

Phil
10-18-2013, 04:04 AM
I dose by hand for over a year but I picked up a ghl stand alone doser from reefsupplies alittle while ago so I'm going to start using the pumps

wickedfrags
10-18-2013, 12:49 PM
Calcium Reactor

i bought a 4 channel dosing pump last year and found it to be inconsistent and unreliable

LoJack
10-18-2013, 01:59 PM
144 gallon display with 50 gallon sump.

I dose two part with BRS dosing pumps. I'm in the same boat as ReefWars ... I dose too much for manual to be efficient.

My pumps run for about 200 minutes a day split into 3 allotments to help keep the levels more stable.

Magickiwi
10-18-2013, 02:36 PM
I'm assuming you aren't talking about ATO but only supplements. In this case I dose manually. None of my parameters swing rapidly enough to make electronic dosing worthwhile.

I have an Apex JR on the way so maybe I'll consider dosing something in the future but for now what I'm doing works fine.

don.ald
10-18-2013, 03:50 PM
Calcium Reactor

i bought a 4 channel dosing pump last year and found it to be inconsistent and unreliable

Overtime mine became inconsistent as well, I found manual dosing more accurate.
spent more time maintaining the doser then it took to dose manually.
A lot of funds for yet another piece of equipment that did not pay for itself.

Magickiwi
10-18-2013, 05:25 PM
Overtime mine became inconsistent as well, I found manual dosing more accurate.
spent more time maintaining the doser then it took to dose manually.
A lot of funds for yet another piece of equipment that did not pay for itself.

This is what I am trying to avoid. I've already spent hundreds on Coralife digital and analog timer power bars that are now useless. If it doesn't work perfectly then there's no use in having it.

sphelps
10-18-2013, 05:32 PM
Calcium Reactor

i bought a 4 channel dosing pump last year and found it to be inconsistent and unreliable

+1

lastlight
10-18-2013, 07:06 PM
Use a ghl standalone. Whether we use a reactor or doser testing is always required. All I do after my weekly tests is press the up arrow for each channel as needed. I also manually dose after the tests to balance my levels which may be low by 0.5 dkh or 10 ppm calcium. best investment i've made for the tank other than ato.

PFoster
10-18-2013, 09:14 PM
I have been running dosing pumps for over 5 years (not entirely sure how long... would have to look back) and absolutely love them!

So so so much better than my CARX and kalk reactor.
Still have a brand new deltec Kalk reactor at home if someones interested....

Madreefer
10-18-2013, 10:05 PM
No option for calcium reactor which I use.
But does a perialistic doser for vinegar dosing count?

Sunee
10-18-2013, 10:33 PM
I use a GHL standalone (over 3 yrs now probably closer to 4), would not go back to manual dosing. Keeps my parameters stable.

SoloSK71
10-19-2013, 12:10 AM
No option for calcium reactor which I use.
But does a perialistic doser for vinegar dosing count?

That is dosing to my thinking

Charles

kien
10-19-2013, 04:34 PM
I've been using a GHL doser for over 4 years now and have had no complaints with it. Mixing was a bit of a chore at first but then I started to buy more convenience in the form of BRS chemicals which mixes a lot easier than grocery store additives.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2637/4073856739_6475f48eb0.jpg

duncangweller
10-19-2013, 04:44 PM
I use the BRS dosing pumps and I like them. I'm a bit slack with it though as the timers don't fit in my electrical extension box so I have to plug them in every day for however long it needs. That's my excuse for treating myself to an apex controller at Christmas though.

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Aquattro
10-19-2013, 05:20 PM
Been using a reactor for 12 years, and levels have stayed constant. I refill it once a year. I'm lazy like that :)

nrosdal
04-04-2014, 08:17 AM
just started running a doser for vodka and phoz down am about to get going on the cal/mag/alk since manual dosing is such a pain. Never really looked into a calcium reactor as they scare me and i heard that they are for old people :)

monza
04-04-2014, 03:06 PM
I was getting old so I'm switching from CR to a GHL doser on this build. It will be for sale and i'll throw in some free Viagra.

Doug
04-04-2014, 06:08 PM
just started running a doser for vodka and phoz down am about to get going on the cal/mag/alk since manual dosing is such a pain. Never really looked into a calcium reactor as they scare me and i heard that they are for old people :)

:fear:

Aquattro
04-04-2014, 06:25 PM
i heard that they are for old people :)

To be fair, I built mine when I was much younger :) It's aged with me and served me well. I doubt I could use a doser, I have enough trouble with a TV remote..

denny_C
04-04-2014, 06:41 PM
I doubt I could use a doser, I have enough trouble with a TV remote..



im in that boat too lol


do prefer a doser though but a lot more maintenance then a calcium reactor.

straightrazorguy
04-04-2014, 06:52 PM
I disagree; I think automated dosing is for old, forgetful people. I can't stick to a consistent manual dosing routine; I need the controller to do the remembering for me....

Ryanerickson
04-04-2014, 07:38 PM
I have about 250 gallons I used ghl 3 pump doser at first but got sick of refilling alk all the time calcium was not much better so I decided to take the old man route lol jetstream 1 by scharan not sure if I'm old enough for it I'm 33 but I will be using it as long as I run sw tanks I love it way less work then dosing.