Calcium Reactor Substrate
It is important to keep a check on the pH and KH readings of aquarium water for the well-being of fishes therein. KH or Carbonate Hardness is the measure, in degrees (dKH), of the ability of a solution to absorb and reduce the effect of added acid, without changing its pH. Carbonates (KH or Alkalinity), coupled with Trace Elements, Calcium, Strontium, and Magnesium, encourage the proper growth and the development of generally Coral, the beneficial Coralline & Calcareous Algae, Mollusks, and Clams, called as Calcification process, while also stabilizing the pH of aquarium water. A right KH / Alkalinity level boosts the immunity of fish and other invertebrates present in your aquarium.
The Alkaline-Calcium level, however, falls in a Reef Aquarium due to the constant Calcification happening there. It therefore, gets vital that this much-required alkaline and Calcium balance is restored, a process well executed automatically by Calcium Reactors. The Calcium Reactors are the Aquarium devices, which dissolve the Calcium Reactor Substrate or Media with Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Aquarium Water to maintain a continuous Calcium supply in an aquarium. Therefore, the soul of a Calcium Reactor is its Calcium Reactor Substrate, which usually is Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) or Korallith, capable of dissolving at a low pH (6.5-6.7). It is important that the Calcium Reactor Media should be high in CaCO3 with moderate particle size, and minimal in impurities, such as, Phosphate & Heavy Metals.
Actually, the passing CO2 lowers the pH of the Aquarium Water to an acidic level. This dissolves the Calcium Reactor Substrate in the Reactor Container and the resulting effluents, Calcium and alkalinity, function as pH stabilizing Buffers. The Calcium release quantity through a Calcium Reactor Substrate is influenced directly by the rate of water flow through it as well as the rate of CO2 bubble release. In addition, the Calcium Reactor Substrate also dissolves the growth boosting Trace Elements, Calcium, Strontium, and Magnesium. Fresh Marine presents very effective Calcium Reactor Substrates by Caribsea for your Calcium Reactor. Lets take a look.Caribsea A.R.M. Aragonite Reactors.
Caribsea offers very effective Calcium Reactor Substrates, Aragonite Reactor Media (A.R.M.), which are well compatible with any of the Aquarium Calcium Reactors. Employing one of the finest qualities of Aragonite, A.R.M. releases very slight amount of Phosphates in the Aquarium. The ready to use A.R.M. available at Fresh Marine do not require rinsing and come in 8 lbs pack of Fine as well as Coarse grade.
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