A hobby like reef keeping has its fair share of intimidating technologies. I suppose it doesn’t help to call certain technologies sterilizers, fractionators, or reactors, which further instills a sense of complexity. One such device is the calcium reactor, and while I am a big proponent of having as simple a system as possible, this component has proven its worth over the years. So what does a calcium reactor do? A calcium reactor maintains calcium and alkalinity in the reef aquarium and keeps the pH of the water high and stable. In a reef aquarium, maintaining calcium and alkalinity is one of the most important tasks, especially when stony corals are concerned. Even with no stony corals present, many organisms, ranging from calcareous algae to crustaceans and mollusks, rely on a consistent supply of both of these elements for growth and optimal health. More: The Calcium Reactor: A Device Well Worth its Salt
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