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Ideal for large changes in alkalinity levels or daily dosing in aquariums with high pH.
Bulk Pharma Sodium Bicarbonate - Ultra-pure Alkalinity Additive for your Reef Tank!
Bulk Reef Supply 2-part additives are the perfect solution to replenish the intake of calcium and alkalinity coral consumes when it grows. Using only pharmaceutical based ingredients allows you to keep a cleaner reef with fewer impurities, leading to faster growth and more brilliant coloration of your coral. All BRS additives mix crystal clear and do not leave any nasty residues or brown impurities behind like other calcium and alkalinity additives.
Makes over 12 gallons of BRS Bicarbonate Liquid Alkalinity
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Mixing Instructions - BRS Sodium Bicarbonate Alkalinity Solution
Fill a 1-gallon container 4/5 full of RO/DI or distilled water and add 1 cup and 2 tablespoons (302 grams) of BRS Pharma Sodium Bicarbonate. Secure the cap on the container and shake it for about 10 seconds to help start the dissolving process. Remove the cap and fill the container the rest of the way with RO/DI or distilled water. Give the container a few more shakes and then let it sit until all the salts have fully dissolved before use.
Note: Placing the mixing jug in a bowl of warm water will help decrease the time it takes to dissolve.
Daily Dosing Instructions
Step 1: Make your Sodium Bicarbonate Alkalinity Solution. Once your sodium bicarbonate solution is all mixed up and ready to go we can start daily dosing.
Step 2: Start off with dosing 20 mL per 100 gallons per day.
Step 3: Use a Test Kit to test your alkalinity every other day to see if you are maintaining alkalinity between 8 - 9 dKH.
Step 4: If your alkalinity is slowly rising, we suggest subtracting 10% per day until it is stable. If your alkalinity is slowly dropping, we suggest raising your daily dose by 10% per day.
2 Part Dosing
As corals grow they consume calcium and alkalinity but to keep the levels steady in a reef tank requires the use of magnesium too, so it is more like 3-part dosing, to be honest. Reefers will use calcium chloride and soda ash (sodium carbonate) to maintain their reef tanks chemistry daily and add a magnesium supplement every couple weeks. Magnesium supplements are usually a blend of magnesium chloride and magnesium sulfate to help keep the sulfate to chloride ratio balanced in the aquarium. When starting a 2 part dosing system it is important to use a good test kit to establish a baseline. We really like using Salifert test kits or Hanna Colorimeters for their accuracy and repeatability which leads to a much more stable reef and overall coral health. Stability is one of the keys to keeping a saltwater tank healthy over a long span of time and most reefers will set up an automated system that doses their aquariums needed additives daily removing repetitive (and forgettable) chore. There are purpose-built dosing systems like the Kamor X1 Pro and Neptune DOS that are super easy to program and keeps everything in a compact package.