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Old 02-06-2018, 06:33 PM
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Default Diy calcium chloride (A Little Help)

Iíd like to hear from reefers using diy calcium chloride
Randyís way!
I mixed some anhydrous calcium chloride 94% pure +
It mixed brown , smelt like soil. ???
Read some threads , said itís percipate .
This product is from Mexico has good stats
As per lack of contaminants.
Looks like the color that clay pots that come from Mexico.
So I used my 25ppm screen sure enough itís the clay from there.
Can you help me with this,is it normal to have this percipate in diy calcium
Chloride.
Is it always dirty looking and need screening ?
Please state how long you have been using diy products and have you had good or bad luck .
What type of corals .
Thanks look forward to every ones input on this one .
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Here some pictures of the dirty calcium chloride .
WHAT DO YA THINK EH!






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Old 02-06-2018, 08:43 PM
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Label states many uses even food processing ?



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Personally, I only add stuff to my tank that has an aquarium label on it. Aquarium use Calcium chloride is not expensive. Aquaforest sells 5 kg for less than $50 (it is anhydrous and can be used in Randy's recipes). That's certainly more than what that bag of mud cost you, but at least you know what you're adding to your tank. I don't know about you, but I have THOUSANDS of dollars in my reef, and I'm not willing to risk it on a bag of calcium. JMHO.
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Old 02-07-2018, 02:22 AM
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Thanks thatís great advice!
Ok letís get some more input on this.
Anyone have actual experience with this random
Bag mixes.
What gets me the bag says itís used in food prep.
Look what we are porentaly exposed to in food!
Iím taking it back to the chemical wholesaler tomorrow
They figure it a bad batch they told me that they sell thousands
Of bags yearly leterly pallets of this product to businesses. Never
Had any issues.
Iím guessing that they will be having it tested and maybe a recall on
this run?
I was told that this product should mix clean and clear like I have always seen
In aquarium grade product .
So if more of us can chime in on this and tell your good or bad you have had
On these diy products .
Thanks again!
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Do you really want to add that stuff to your tank?

How much calcium chloride do you need? Bulk Calcium chloride from Aquarium shops is cheap. When compared to the other costs for keeping a reef tank your bulk calcium and alkalinity requirements are small. There are better places to save your pennies.

That Calcium Chloride will makes a good ice melt that won't fry your lawn.
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:40 AM
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Yea I like that Frogger, only problem now itís mixed and has the red mud it will plug my sprayer for my sidewalk melt.
Itís not going in my tank. Itís going back to the chemical sales.
Im sure Iím not the only one to use bulk products or am I ?
Thanks again for the support.
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I used to use this Calcium Chloride before I switched to ATI Essentials. IT's the brand Randy actual advises in his article, actually it's more pure. 20KG for $25, mixes clear and works perfectly fine. I got it form the Homehardware in the Grove.

https://www.homehardware.ca/en/rec/i...231?Ntt=flakes
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Yea yea tanks (tanks)
What is the difference you have seen in Your experiences switching to The name brand product.
Same or something better?
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Old 02-07-2018, 06:27 AM
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The purer the cacl the better. We add a lot of calcium and the question is what else are you adding to your tank besides the calcium. Whatever else is in the salt will eventually start to add up.

Randy recommended the Dow Flake back in the late 90's/ early 2000's. At that time there wasn't any other option for cheap calcium chloride.

Now with the advent of Bulk Reef Supply and others there is a reasonably priced option in bulk cacl. The cacl we get from our fish stores is likely food grade or better. I would suspect the Aquaforest product is a higher quality then the bulk cacl becuase they likely use the same cacl as in their salt mixes. I do not believe the Dow product is food grade (I may be wrong), but it is not held to as hi a standard because it is used primarily for ice melting and brine solutions.
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