Reef Complete® is a concentrated (160,000 mg/L) optimized blend of ionic calcium designed to restore and maintain calcium to levels found in natural seawater without affecting pH. Calcium and carbonates are essential to all coral growth. If either becomes deficient, coral growth will cease, followed by a rapid decline in coral health. To prevent this you must provide calcium (Reef Complete®) and carbonates (Reef Builder™ or Reef Carbonate™).
Reef Complete® also includes magnesium and strontium in amounts proportionate to typical utilization ratios (100:5:0.1, Ca:Mg:Sr). This allows one to maintain these two important elements while maintaining calcium.
Reef Complete® is a blended product. It is not simply calcium chloride. Commercially available calcium chloride contains ammonia. Unlike other ionic calcium supplements, Reef Complete® is blended to a higher pH in order to force the ammonia to gas off into the atmosphere. In addition, Reef Complete® is more concentrated than any other liquid product on the market. Reef Complete® contains 160,000 ppm calcium. Our nearest competitor’s product is only 110,000 ppm calcium.
BEGINNER: Use 1 capful (5 mL) per 80 L (20 US gallons) twice a week. Check calcium every 2 weeks and adjust amount or frequency accordingly.
ADVANCED: Check calcium level, then follow addition regimen above until calcium is adjusted to 380–420 mg/L. Each 5 mL/80 L (20 US gallons) will raise calcium by about 10 mg/L. Quantity or frequency can be adjusted, but do not exceed 12.5 mL/80 L (20 US gallons) per day. Thereafter, use as required to maintain calcium.
EXPERT: After determining the calcium consumption rate, set up a continuous drip system. Use the following formula to determine how much to add to your top–off water: m=vc/160 (m=mL of product to add to top off water, v=volume of tank in liters, c=amount to raise calcium in mg/L). [For reference: 1 US gallon=3.8 L].
DO NOT OVERDOSE: Excess calcium may enhance the loss of carbonate alkalinity. Do not directly mix with any carbonate supplement. Best if calcium & carbonate additives are added on alternate days or at least 30 minutes apart.
|Amounts per 1 g|
|Calcium (Ca) (min)||155 mg|
|Calcium (Ca) (max)||160 mg|
|Magnesium (Mg) (min)||8 mg|
|Strontium (Sr) (min)||0.16 mg|
Ingredients: Calcium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, Strontium Chloride
100 mL, 250 mL, 500 mL, 2 L, 4 L
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Considerations: We recommend a Ca level between 380-420 mg/L with an alkalinity between 4-6 meq/L. It is advisable to make large adjustments slowly to avoid overshooting intended level or shocking corals and inverts. Each capful will raise calcium by about 10 mg/L. Size or frequency of amount added can be adjusted, but do not exceed 25 mg/L per day.
A: The type of calcium in Reef Complete is an ionic form of calcium (calcium chloride) and is easily detected by the available calcium test kits on the market.
A: You can have a successful reef aquarium without the use of Reef Calcium as a supplemental source of calcium. The advantage of Reef Calcium, which is very unique to our company, is that this source of calcium is bound to an easily metabolized carbohydrate. When the coral metabolizes this carbohydrate, which takes virtually no energy from the coral, the calcium goes right along with it. Because of the form of calcium this is, it can not be as concentrated as Reef Complete. Because of this it is more economical to use Reef Complete as your primary calcium supplement, but you also derive a benefit when using Reef Calcium as a secondary calcium supplement.
A: No, Reef Complete will not be impacted by a canister or protein skimmer. It is perfectly acceptable to leave this equipment running while dosing this supplement.
A: Reef Complete is the liquid version of Reef Advantage Calcium. They are both ionic calcium supplements that also provide magnesium and strontium in typical utilization ratios. Since they both are the same, it simply comes down to whether you prefer liquids or powders. I personally prefer liquid because they are simple to dose and no pre-mixing is necessary. That being said, powders can be very economical. Reef Calcium is an organic calcium meant to help maintain calcium levels in a system, while Reef Advantage Calcium and Reef Complete are meant to raise calcium levels in the system. Reef Calcium is a poly-gluconate calcium that will provide more calcium to the system without the corals having to expend any extra energy, thus increasing growth and maintaining calcium levels. Reef Calcium typically will not be used to raise Calcium in the system, but rather to maintain calcium that is already existent in ideal levels. If levels are not in the ideal range, we would recommend that you use Reef Complete or Reef Advantage Calcium to boost calcium levels.