Calcium Reactor Setup Help
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This page will help to estimate the required Effluent Flow and Alkalinity for a Calcium Reactor
to match the aquarium Alkalinity consumption when under either of the following scenarios:
 
  • 1. Installing a new reactor to replace a previous method of Alkalinity supplementation.
  • 2. Adjusting an existing reactor without any other method of supplementation.
  • 3. Adjusting an existing reactor when an additional method of supplementation is in use.
WARNING:
You should be very careful about the kinds of products or chemicals put into your aquarium.
Many of these chemicals require keen knowledge of how they interact with your aquarium and saltwater.
All of the products presented should be used with full knowledge of their capabilities and limitations.
If you don't know what a product does, don't use it.
Although every effort has been made to obtain accurate results we can not assume responsibility for any problem related to the use of this calculator.
1. Replace a Supplement 2. Adjust the Reactor
Usage Notes:
Usage Notes:
Net Actual Aquarium Water Volume:   Volume Calculator
Alkalinity Supplement to be Replaced:
Select Product Used Before Setting Up the Reactor
Enter Av. Daily Product Addition:
Initial Tank Alk:
Initial Effluent Alk:
Initial Effluent Flow:
Effluent Alk. Upon Setup: Tank Alk. After 48 Hrs:
Effluent Flow Upon Setup:
Tank Alkalinity: Alkalinity Added:
Alk. Should Have Been:
Daily Alk. Consumed Daily Alk. Consumed
If keeping the same Effluent Alkalinity, the
Effluent Flow should be:
 If keeping the same Effluent Alkalinity, the
Effluent Flow should be:
Or:
If keeping the same Effluent Flow, the
Effluent Alkalinity should be:
Or:
If keeping the same Effluent Flow, the
Effluent Alkalinity should be:

Other Alternatives for Setup Other Alternatives for Adjustment
Effluent Alkalinity Effluent Flow Effluent Alkalinity Effluent Flow

3. Adjusting the Ca Reactor While Using Additional Supplementation
Usage Notes:
Net Actual Aquarium Water Volume:
  Volume Calculator
Do you want to replace the Supplement?
Alkalinity Supplement to be Replaced:
Select Product Used Before Setting Up the Reactor
Enter Product Added in the 48 Hr Test Period:
Alk. From Supplement:
Alk. Added by Reactor:
Alk. Should Have Been:
Initial Tank Alk: Daily Alk. Consumed
Initial Effluent Alk:
If keeping the same Effluent Alkalinity, the
Effluent Flow should be:
Initial Effluent Flow:
Tank Alk. After 48 Hrs:
If keeping the same Effluent Flow, the Effluent
Alkalinity should be:  
Effluent Alkalinity Effluent Flow
I want to thank Dr. Randy Holmes-Farley for his
continued support with marine aquarium chemistry
If you have any comments or questions, please drop me an email jdieck
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UPDATES:
11/26/04 v 1.00 ---- First version of the document.
12/12/04 V 1.01 ---- Added option to adjust the reactor when also adding other supplement.
03/11/05 V 1.02 ---- Added links to Volume Calculator.
03/25/05 v 1.03 ---- Added Randy's Recipes and Ocean Blend Part 2
12/18/07 v 1.04 ---- Transferred to diesyst.com
12/20/15 v 1.05 ---- Updated e-mail Link