The Balling Methode
It is, in my view, the easiest, most accurate and effektivst method to add Ca , Mg and other needed supplements like amino acids eg. In Germany we call them Balling. I use a slight variation known as Balling Complete +Plus but in the meantime I call them
Balling Individual PLUS
The classic balling-method is meanwhile one of the most popular methods in Germany for providing your reef-tank with calcium. German reefers have adjusted this method to today's needs and have created the balling-light-method. Balling-light works without calculating and wasteful gram-precise mixing of chemicals.
For this method, you need four different chemicals, which compound in the tank to the needed calcerous subtances. I will not confuse you with exact chemical formulas, but show you a simple but effective way of providing your animals with calcium. Balling-light means adding the needed minerals like calcium, magnesium and carbonates separate and after the requirement of your tank.
For that, three different solutions are prepared and added to the tank. As the requirement of each tank is different, it has to be detected in the course of some days on your own. Therefore you start with adding 20ml/100 liter and measuring the actual value before and some hours afterwards.Now, you know how the value changes and are able to calculate the needed quantity.
You need three solutions in three separate 10-liter (2,5 gallons) cans.
You can do this also by hand. After round two weeks, ones personal need will be detected and adjusted. The quantities in each can can now be calculated and varied by you. Through Balling-light a small quantity of sodium chloride will arise in your tank. To avoid accumulation it should be compensated by periodical water change (10% each week). Also, always check the salinity of your water and adjust it if necessary.
The Balling Trace Element Solutions
For Balling I have six different trace element solutions to mix. Balling light accounted for three of them. It will be used finished Complexes like heavy metal complex, iodine complex, etc..
Only the trace element solutions 2, 5 and 6 are to the 3 Balling solutions added.
Balling Individual PLUS
Additionally 250ml Fauna Marine UltraminS.
UltraMin S contains all all Amino acids, Vitamins, and over 70 further Trace elements.
Glucose Monohydrate ,Magnesium Sulfate , Potassium Chloride, Ethylene Acetate, Sodium Acetate Arginin L-L- L-Arginin Hydrochloride, L-Histidin Hydrochloride, Taurine, L-Threonine, DL-Tryptophane, Glycine,DL-Valine,Thiamin Chloride 100mg mg, Nicotinamide 1500 mg, Riboflavine 40 mg, Dexpanthenole, Pridoxine Hydrochloride, Cyanococobalamine, Sodium Methyl-4-Hydroxybenzoate and more ....
Because I receive emails, in those is expressed that obviously some misunderstandings exist with regard the amount of the everyday dosage of the three solutions, I would like to clarify this here once again. In no case one has to dose always the same everyday amounts of the three Balling solutions. This happens merely in the first weeks to receive comparative values and to be able to ascertain thereby how much one of each of the three solutions required or however if it was determined by the weekly measuring results. Every aquarium needs a different amount of the everyday dosage for the three solutions to achieve in the end a very optimum result. That’s why I call my kind of the Balling dosage in the meantime "Balling Individual PLUS" to obviate misunderstandings. Each addition from corals in an aquarium (in particular SPS – corals) changes the required amount of the dosage of every single solution (even if only slightly) verifiable. The smaller an aquarium (litre / content), the stronger the effect of every change is. Please, dose in NO CASE for a longer period always the same amount of all three Balling solutions, the only exception is it is arises from the measuring results.
I have used the "Balling individual plus" method successfully now for two years in my mixed reef aquarium which is shown below.
Here some topical pictures (Nov. 2008):
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