Thoughts on using hydrated lime from Bunnings as kalk

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Thoughts on using hydrated lime from Bunnings as kalk

Post  kindcorals on 9th February 2013, 4:09 am

I bought a bag the other day and have read that lots of people from around the world use the stuff from the hardware store but there always seems to be the question of what other impurities may be in the cheap stuff. Anyone using this brand? If not, can you guys recommend a place that sells food grade calcium hydroxide?

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Post  liquidg on 9th February 2013, 5:08 am

I use damprid from bunnings kindcorals.
Mix 300 to 400 grams with around 3 or so litres of RO or neutralised waters and its all good.
I add a bottle cap full each week.

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Post  kindcorals on 9th February 2013, 5:52 am

I really bought this to kill aiptasia now but to dose later when I get more corals going. Will the damprid work the same way if I inject the aiptasia? I have been trying to catch some black and yellow stripeys but not having any luck finding them

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Post  liquidg on 9th February 2013, 10:34 am

It is very similar.
The best ways to control Aiptasia is to inject with white vinegar or metho at a rate of ten per day, you get sharps from the chemist for that.
The next is to have peppermint shrimp in the aquarium at a rate of 4 per foot of tank.
They eat all small life forms especially juvenile Aiptasia and other shrimp at sheds,so pretty much all juvenile life forms!
Watch out for lawn mower blennies with shedding shrimp, they eat shrimp at sheds as well.

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Post  kindcorals on 12th February 2013, 12:58 pm

liquidg wrote:It is very similar.
The best ways to control Aiptasia is to inject with white vinegar or metho at a rate of ten per day, you get sharps from the chemist for that.
The next is to have peppermint shrimp in the aquarium at a rate of 4 per foot of tank.
They eat all small life forms especially juvenile Aiptasia and other shrimp at sheds,so pretty much all juvenile life forms!
Watch out for lawn mower blennies with shedding shrimp, they eat shrimp at sheds as well.

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I've heard about using white vinegar but metho too?? Im scared enough using kalk paste from bunnings LOL

I ended up testing out the kalk paste in the tank curing my new live rock and it basically melted the 2 majano anemones near the top of the tank! Then I saw about a million bristle worms come out from the woodwork! They detect death amazing quick! I couldnt find real syringes so I used a plastic one and just dumped the kalk paste on them, waited for it to melt them, then sucked up as much of the paste as I could.

I'm going to try and kill the larger ones over the next couple weeks and hope I dont raise the pH too much in the meantime. Im trying to locate some black and yellow stripeys or see if I can catch them or pepps in the broadwater so they can eat all the small ones. I guess if I find peps, they would attack my glass shrimp at sheds but I feed those to my bta anyways so thats the circle of life. I didnt know that about lawn mower blennies but I'll steer clear of them too.

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Post  liquidg on 12th February 2013, 2:51 pm

Ask at the chemist for syringes, they come in sets called sharps.
A few weeks back there were a billion peps down the coast, but after the rains they may be all dead from the severe salinity change from the rains and lawnmowers only attack shrimps at shed if foods are rare.
Do around ten Aiptasia per time with white vinegar or Metho, vinegar is best, both are derived from making alcohol at different stages of fermentation any way.
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Post  kindcorals on 13th February 2013, 1:35 am

Terry White said they werent allowed to sell them and to try another chemist so I'll check at Harbour Town for some.

Wow! I wish I would have thought going after some peps back then. Ive made up a couple inverted coke bottle traps and hope I can catch at least a couple, if they survived.

I forgot to mention, Im killing these in an 80L tank, would you still recommend killing about 10 per day in this small of a tank?

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Post  liquidg on 13th February 2013, 7:35 am

Its only the reaction between the base-acid that is PH,the vinegar or metho can at times open this up a bit and show as lowering your PH.
Try it and test your PH if you like,the number was just a guide to be safe,thats all.
If there is abundant algae in your waters it can't affect your PH at all.

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