Description: 2 part Ionically Balanced Calcium & Buffer System
Type: Marine Water Conditioner
Available In: 16, 64 oz, 1 gallon & 5 gallon
Part Numbers: TCBA16, TCBA64, TCBA128, TCBA640, TCBB16, TCBB64, TCBB128, TCBB640
Description: Each of TechCB Part A and Part B is half of a ionically balanced, complete calcium and alkalinity control system for all marine aquariums. When used simultaneously in equal amounts the system will raise both the calcium and buffer level in the aquarium, and is phosphate, nitrate and gluconate free! Containing over 56,000 ppm of cationic calcium, predominately in the form of calcium carbonate, TechCB will produce an ionic residual with the composition of natural seawater! Each 16 oz. of TechCB will treat 1,900 gallons or 7,200 litres. We are finding improved results (i.e. faster growth rates) with this product, over Kalkwasser use alone, with many animals. We think that the constant addition of carbonate ions along with the calcium ions is working better than just adding buffer weekly, and dripping calcium daily.
Directions: Add 10 ml per 40 gallons aquarium capacity of part A and the same amount of part B each day, in a high flow area of the aquarium, until target calcium level and alkalinity are reached. Add in the morning to prevent overshoot of pH. (Cap on 16 oz. bottle equals 5 ml, Cap on 64 oz. and gallon equals 10 ml) Never mix part A and part B together, add to tank separately. Some cloudiness may be observed. This should go away rapidly. If calcium level is at target and alkalinity is low, then reduce the amount of part A you are adding by 50% and double the amount of part B until the values are at target. Then proceed as directed. If alkalinity is high, reduce the amount of part B etc.
Considerations for use: A pH of 8.0 to 8.3 and an alkalinity of 2.9 to 4.0 meq/L (8 to 11 dKH) is recommended. Calcium level should be maintained between 400 and 450 ppm. Test calcium & alkalinity and adjust the recommended dose for your particular system! Do not exceed 1/2 ml per gallon per 12 hour period. If you use Kalkwasser simultaneously with this product, use half the recommended dose of Kent TechCB. If you have trouble maintaining calcium or buffer level, check to see that the salt mix you are using has seawater level of magnesium. To save money and increase dissolvability, some manufacturers of popular newer salts have included only half the level of magnesium necessary in their sea salt mixes, resulting in low calcium solubility and poor buffering! If magnesium is low, use Kent TechM Magnesium.
Calcium Testing Suggestion: Calcium testing in marine systems is fraught with difficulties. Test kits generally don not work well in the ranges that we run in reefs and many ions in marine water interfere with the kit. If your calcium level does not make sense, try diluting the aquarium water sample 50/50 with distilled, deionized or R/O water and testing. Multiply the result by 2. This will both save on valuable reagents in your kit and generally give a more accurate reading. (You may want to consult with the kit manufacturer to determine that doing this will give valid results with your brand of kit).
Contents: Part A: deionized water containing the following ions: calcium, chloride, magnesium, strontium, bromide, lithium, rubidium, nickel, chromium, zinc, copper, cesium, iron, manganese, cobalt. Part B: deionized water containing the following ions: sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, carbonate, borate, fluoride, iodide, molybdate, selenate, vanadate, and tungstate.
Precautions: KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN! If in eyes, rinse with water for 15 minutes. If in eyes, or if swallowed, call a physician. If on skin, rinse thoroughly with water.